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Pubs ‘should switch to takeaways’ amid coronavirus panic

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Minimising risk: a national office provider believes pubs delivering takeaways could help reduce the risk of the virus damaging their trade
Minimising risk: a national office provider believes pubs delivering takeaways could help reduce the risk of the virus damaging their trade

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A national provider of office space is asking food outlets – including pubs – to “step up” and switch to delivering meals to staff across its buildings over the next few months during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff who use the company’s offices have been advised by their bosses to restrict their movements to reduce the chances of circulating Covid-19 around their workplaces.

In response, Offices.co.uk is asking all food outlets, including pubs, to provide takeaway food to minimise the risk of spreading.

Offices.co.uk​ senior broker Jonathon Ratcliffe said: “We are hoping that out-of-town pubs close to business parks will turn their hand to providing delivered food during the next few months.”

Hurt financially

With some people choosing to avoid public places, Ratcliffe argues this could result in a drop in trade for venues such as pubs.

But providing a takeaway service, Ratcliffe feels could help prevent any financial loss for sites that rely on a busy environment. 

Ratcliffe continued: “Office buildings make great places to serve large amounts of food to with minimum risk of spreading Coronavirus.

“It’s not only a great marketing exercise, but it’s going to help people self-contain themselves, which is what the Government is advising during the coronavirus crisis.

“We don’t want to see any of our food site neighbours hurt financially through this crisis, and therefore ask local food outlets to step up and provide food to people directly – we need to work together.”

Offices.co.uk asks food outlets to prepare themselves for coronavirus with some other tips too:

  • Get strict on hand washing
  • Stock up on sanitiser
  • Wipe surfaces frequently
  • Time off work

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