Nando’s Canada is supporting healthcare workers and the community through its Stand Together 2 Metres Apart campaign.
Nando’s will continue to offer take-out and delivery in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta for as long as possible. There will be exceptions for any jurisdiction where restaurants are ordered to close altogether.
“We want the communities we serve to know Nando’s is here for you, and we are here for our employees and our communities we have always proudly called our family,” said Desmond Edwards, vice-president marketing, Nando’s Canada.
Nando’s is committed to staying open safely, which means strictly enforcing social distancing for employees and customers. The company will allow a maximum of 10 employees and customers per restaurant at any given time, and will constantly enforce elevated hygiene.
All Nando’s employees must continue to frequently wash hands, clean all surfaces, and stay home when feeling ill. The franchise system will continue to do health checks at the beginning and end of each shift, and leave to-go orders at the front of its stores.
On March 26, the company launched the largest community service program in its history supported by its workforces in Canada and the U.S.
The program will include the following measures:
- Bringing free hot, catered meals to hospitals near every Nando’s in North America;
- Providing free take-out to any nurse, doctor, or healthcare worker who comes to one of its restaurants in uniform or with a valid healthcare ID, or calls to place a take-out order and presents ID at collection;
- Creating a new employee volunteer force to help others in the community;
- Allocating 50 free meals per day per restaurant for laid-off members of the restaurant industry;
- Donating all surplus food, packaged and non-expired, to local area food banks, and providing free family meals for employee families in need; and
- Customers and employees will be encouraged to buy a meal for a laid-off industry worker or medical personnel.
“At Nando’s, we will Stand Together 2 Metres Apart,” Edwards said. “We don’t just serve chicken, we serve the community. We’re all in this together.”