With the corona virus-related deaths still on the rise, most of the large fast-food restaurant chains have offered only drive-thru and delivery services. The temporary suspension of dine-in services makes sense considering that the corona virus, known as SARS COV-2, has been proven to spread faster in close quarters. There’s also the increased risk of infection from high-touch surfaces, such as tables and counters.
Here are the largest fast-food restaurants that have moved toward 100% drive-thru and delivery operations.
The chain known for its chicken fingers has suspended its dine-in operations since March 2020 and focused exclusively on drive-thru services. According to its press release, Zaxby’s asserted that it cares for its guests and their families’ well-being particularly during this challenging period. As such, it encourages its guests to adopt social distancing measures including minimizing in-person contact and using its online ordering system.
For Zaxby’s customers to do so, they have to download its Zaxby’s mobile app. They are also encouraged to use its variety of contactless payment methods, such as debit and credit cards.
But that’s not all! Zaxby’s has also taken and continues to take additional steps in protecting its guests from the corona virus. These steps include regular disinfection of work areas and equipment, as well as discouraging its employees from working while sick.
And best of all, Zaxby’s prices have remained the same throughout this pandemic so that it still stays within your budget.
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Yet another fast-food chain that has announced its shift to drive-thru operations is Chick-fil-A. This can be upsetting for its loyal customers who will miss the warm, friendly and vibrant ambiance, as well as the thrill of being inside the restaurant. But for safety reasons, the drive-thru operations are a must.
With many states implementing self-quarantine measures, Taco Bell has also adjusted its business by transitioning to 100% drive-thru and delivery services only. Many of its 7,000+ restaurants have already made the transition, a step intended to minimize person-to-person contact between guests, staff members and others inside the restaurants.
If you’re the type of customer who wants its favorite fast-food chain to have a heart for its employees, you’ve made the right choice with Taco Bell, too.
The company is taking it one step further and ensuring its employees remain stable with a steady income during this time. According to the company, it will be paying its employees who have been required to follow shelter-at-home orders or who work in closed restaurants. The compensation will cover the employees’ regularly scheduled hours.
Taco Bell is also encouraging its franchisees to follow a similar approach.
The coffee and beverage company has also temporarily said goodbye to its dine-in services. Aside from drive-thru, it also offers to-go and carry-out orders. The shift may mean skipping the leisurely talks over coffee and donuts that you and your friends previously enjoyed.
The giant of the coffee industry is also closing some of its locations, particularly in New York City and Seattle, among other changes. In thousands of its stores, it will only offer a to-go model so there’s less contact between guests and staff members.
Starbucks is known for its vibrant social gatherings and as a popular hangout among young professionals and hip individuals. But such a reputation has to be put on hold due to these changes.
All dining rooms in Panera Bread’s locations in Syracuse, New York have been cloed. But customers can still order food at the store albeit as a carry-out only. They can also make their orders via phone, through its app and online as well as drive-thru.
But customers should also be aware of the risks that come with drive-thru orders! While there person-to-person contacts are minimized, there’s still a certain degree of contact. This means that certain safety measures are still a must for drive-thru customers including:
- Wear a face mask, if possible, whenever you’re out in public. You may or may not wear a face mask, of course, because it’s your prerogative. But if you want increased protection, you’re well-advised to do so, especially if you live in an area with a high infection rate.
- Use contactless payment methods as a way or reducing your risk of coming into contact with paper money and bills. These can include debit and credit cards, as well as using the basket intended for this purpose.
- Sanitize your hands as often as possible. You can’t be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself from Covid-19. You can use 70% alcohol or hand sanitizer, as well as wash your hands regularly, especially after touching surfaces.
Think of your continued patronage of your favorite fast-food joint as keeping its workers employed during these difficult times. You’re doing your part in helping your fellowmen.