- March 25, 2020 / 4 min readWhile restaurant traffic goes down due to self isolation, ironically pizza chains - especially those with an emphasis on delivery could be a rare sector that sees more business during the pandemic
Pizza chains are hiring as the Coronavirus pandemic convinces customers to order delivery. Pizza Hut announced on Monday that it is hiring for more than 30,000 open positions across the US. Papa John's announced on the same day it is planning to hire up to 20,000 additional workers. And, Domino's announced on Friday that it is also hiring.
While restaurant traffic goes down due to self isolation, ironically pizza chains - especially those with an emphasis on delivery could be a rare sector that sees more business during the pandemic. On one hand when people are advised to stay in, this move of hiring more delivery executives is nothing but an irony to staying in.
Safety remains a concern for workers
These hiring might be a step to resolve the unemployment issue, but some workers at these pizza chains are still worried about their safety. Their concern primarily rises from the fact that they might get themselves exposed with Coronavirus pandemic during food delivery.
A pizza hut delivery driver said, "It feels like I'm being exposed to the 10 to 20 co-workers plus everyone every driver delivers to that shift, resulting in direct and indirect exposure to hundreds of people a day. Unfortunately I'm not able to stop going to work unless Domino's lays me off so I can draw unemployment. I'm currently looking for work-at-home opportunities but I'm afraid I won't be able to make the transition before becoming infected. I haven't seen my son or family in a week out of fear of infecting them unknowingly.”
Pizza Hut said in a statement. "We've implemented contactless delivery and carryout procedures to ensure a hands-free experience built around social distancing," the statement continued. "Once the pizza leaves our 400+ degree oven, it slides hands-free into the box and straight to your home. Additionally, we've doubled down on industry-leading sanitization and handwashing procedures." Coronavirus scare expected to impact experiential industry hard, Q2 & Q3 might register dismal growth delivery, which is available at the customer's request, as well as announcing updated cleanliness and sanitation policies.
Even though there are stringent safety measures taken by these chains yet at this point of time its important that every body stays in including the delivery executives.
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