Great Britain

Is KFC open? See the full list of branches for delivery and takeaway

KFC fans can once again get their fried chicken fix as the fast food chain has now reopened more than 700 restaurants UK-wide.

It comes are the retailer initially closed its doors back in March due to the coronavirus lockdown while it worked out a safe way to operate.

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Here's what you need to know.

Which KFC branches are open?

The fast-food chain has more than 900 branches in the UK and employs around 24,000 members of staff.

It initially closed all of its branches by March 25 after the UK went into lockdown on March 23.

But KFC started reopening restaurants for delivery orders only on April 14, gradually opening more and more until May 29 when it reopened a further 200 restaurants.

In total, this means it now has more than 700 branches open.

Over half of these 700 stores are available for walk-in takeaways, while the rest are available for drive-thrus or you can order a delivery via Deliveroo, Just Eat or Uber Eats (just remember to check for delivery fees before ordering).

Use KFC's store locator tool to find your nearest.

KFC also has a full list of reopened restaurants on its website, which is broken down into drive-thru-only branches, delivery-only branches, drive-thru and delivery branches, and service station branches.

Hungry customers were seen queuing for miles when KFC announced it was reopening drive-thru lanes at 55 restaurants on May 5.

Can I order from the full menu at these stores?

KFC is running a limited menu to help keep workers safe, so not all options are available.

But the reduced menu does include a range of bucket meals, as well as meals for one.

KFC said: "We’re serving a limited menu because we’re running our kitchen with a smaller team than usual, so social distancing can be followed."

How will customers and staff be kept safe?

Fewer staff are working at one time due to social distancing measures, which is one of the reasons for the reduced menu.

Workers are being kept apart with designated two metre zones inside restaurants, marked by tape on the floor, and staff will be wearing gloves and masks.

Takeaway branches have newly installed perspex screens at tills, social distancing guidelines will be marked on the floor for customers, and fans may also have to queue outside as KFC says it may limit how many people can enter a branch at any one time.

You also can't eat your meals in stores.

Can NHS staff get a discount or freebie?

The chain is currently giving a 25 per cent discount on orders up to £30 to NHS workers and key workers who have a Blue Light Card.

In addition, when the coronavirus crisis began KFC pledged to provide 100 free meals from each open restaurant every Tuesday to those on the frontline.

Deliveries were made directly to hospitals, care homes and supermarkets with orders of 50-plus being prioritised.

If you were responsible for a team of key workers, you could email [email protected] for the next steps.

The Sun has asked KFC is this offer is still in place and we'll update this story as soon as we hear back.

Will more KFC branches reopen?

At some point all KFC branches are expected to reopen, although it hasn't said when.

You can keep an eye on store updates on the KFC website.

Have other restaurants reopened?

Other food chains including Burger King, McDonald's, Pizza Express, and Wagamama have now reopened some restaurants for delivery and takeaways.

But plans to reopen pubs and restaurants are on hold until at least July 4.

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