As the restaurants, cafes and bars concerned with the health and safety of their staff and customers start to adapt to social distancing, online restaurant booking platform TheFork has made some necessary changes.
In response to the ongoing threat from COVID-19, the platform has introduced a search function filtering restaurants that are now offering pick-up or delivery to help raise awareness.
Pick-up and delivery (and strict attention to hygienic food prep) has become a necessity for restaurants now. This reduces the temptation for people to break strict social distancing practices by dining in, while still keeping businesses open and keeping the door open for diners to support.
Any listing on TheFork will allow users to place orders directly with the restaurant, whether it’s through the app or the website.
For participating restaurants on TheFork, the listing is free to help promote alternative and safer options during this time. The new function has now been rolled out across the platform and there has already been a huge uptake from participating restaurants that have been able to pivot their offerings to include takeaway.
“At TheFork, our mission is to support the restaurant community across Australia. During this uncertain time, we’re looking for ways our team can continue to support restaurants as they adapt to the changing climate,” said TheFork Australia, Country Manager, Gary Borrows. “Our support is with the community of restaurants and cafes that make up a vital part of our Australian culture.”
It’s important to note that experts have stated that delivery is a safe alternative during this need for strict social distancing. Many are split over whether dine-in is still safe, with doctors around the world pleading people to reconsider the need to leave the house for anything that isn’t essential.
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