Nando’s is accelerating its reopening efforts by firing up the grills across 15% of its estate for delivery and collection – with the number of kitchen staff reduced to comply with social distancing guidelines.
The casual dining chain initially opened six sites as part of a trial last month, but has now increased that to more than 50 around the UK.
Outlining the steps it has taken to reopen the first set of sites, Nando’s said there would be fewer employees within each restaurant to make sure they can stay two metres apart.
That has had a knock-on effect for the variety of dishes it is able to produce from its kitchens, with the chain reducing its regular menu “slightly”.
Opening hours have also been reduced and staff are being assessed before each shift to make sure they feel fit and well enough to come to work. Face coverings are available for employees who wish to wear them.
As well as daily hygiene briefings to keep safety top of mind, Nando’s said it would be increasing cleaning practices within the restaurant including hand washing at regular intervals. Customers and delivery riders will also be provided with hand sanitizer.
“The safety and security of our customers and team is always our top priority, and we have been working hard to find a safe way to start serving Nando’s again in line with government advice,” a Nando’s spokesperson said.
Nando’s was recently named as the restaurant chain that Brits have missed most during lockdown based on a study of social media activity during the crisis.