So, we're on lockdown. We knew it was coming and, last night, Boris finally delivered.
What does this mean for London's restaurants and cafes? In the immediate aftermath of the latest government announcement, many of the restaurants that were in the process of moving to delivery decided to close their doors for the foreseeable future. In many cases, they were worried about further changes and also for their staff.
But the one thing that the prime minister was quite clear about in his broadcast was that we should "use food delivery services where you can".
In guidance since published by the government, it goes out to make it clear, saying:
Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational. This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.
It also helps that we have a little more clarity on the issue of whether those working in the food industry are actually allowed to travel to work. Today's government advice states that workers may travel to work only in cases where that work cannot be done from home. So, we may see more businesses return to delivery mode in the light of this.
We think Mam Sham's daughter summed up the situation nicely.
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Lockdown. Big ups to everyone...the nhs workers, the delivery drivers, the whole fucking service industry. Whilst the rest of us sit down, we’ll try to keep you entertained and full of (if not good grub), some lockdown lols. Holla us if you’ve got any ideas and we’re your gals. 💘💘💘
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