Many stores are now taking the plunge and closing their doors temporarily in a bid to contain the Coronavirus pandemic that is currently sweeping the world.
Since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs, restaurants and schools would all be closing to encourage effective social distancing, many other big chains have followed suit and revealed to the public that they will be off duty until further notice.
Costa Coffee recently revealed that as of Monday morning, they will be closing doors to the general public – but will still be paying their staff their full wage for the next eight weeks while also ensuring they can deliver hot drinks to anyone who is a key worker.
Their official statement reads:
The company said in a statement: “At Costa Coffee the number one priority is the safety of our store teams and customers. As the need to support social distancing increases, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our stores this evening, Monday 23 March.
“We will do our best to keep Costa stores open in hospitals where we will continue to provide free takeaway coffee for the next two weeks to the NHS workers who are at the forefront of the crisis.
“Wherever possible, we will keep our Costa Express machines available to serve you a great cup of coffee.”
Jill McDonald, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank our store teams, who during a lot of uncertainty over the past few weeks have continued to provide a warm and welcoming environment, and great service to our loyal customers.
“To our customers, thank you for your ongoing support – we know these are difficult and unsettling times and through our community work we hope to be able to continue serving you, and your friends and family in some way.
“I will continue to be in touch over the coming weeks and look forward to welcoming you back into our store soon. Thank you and take care.”
McDonald’s and Nando’s also announced on Sunday evening that they would be closing all of their stores to the general public, and McDonald’s particularly made the decision to abandon its takeaway and drive-thru only services to follow the Government’s advice.
McDonald’s said in a statement: “We have taken the difficult decision to close all McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March at the latest.
“This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the well-being and safety of our employees in mind as well as in the best interests of our customers.
“We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.
“Thank you to all our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time.
[Featured Image Credit: Costa Coffee Instagram]