Thousands of hospitality workers who lost their jobs when Scott Morrison ordered the closure of pubs and restaurant could find work delivering pizzas.
Domino’s is hiring 2,000 people to cater to the increasing demand as Australians adjust to new coronavirus restrictions.
They’ll also be lending a helping hand to give away free pizzas to those working on the frontline in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the country.
Demand for pizza is sky-high as Australians stay home under directives from the federal government to self-isolate
The fast-food outlet announced a major recruitment drive on Wednesday, while dozens of other businesses prepared to close their doors amid the latest round of government restrictions.
Job opportunities will be available for anyone able to deliver pizzas in cars, scooters or e-bikes.
Domino’s Australia and New Zealand CEO Nick Knight said they’ll be operating a contactless pick up and delivery operation to quash concerns about the potential spread of the virus.
The fast-food outlet announced a major recruitment drive on Wednesday while dozens of other businesses prepared to close their doors in the latest round of government restrictions
‘Often our customers may be in forced or self-isolation, so the fact that we can offer Zero Contact Delivery gives them that reassurance and peace of mind they are looking for,’ Mr Knight said.
Mr Knight says anyone in the tourism, events and hospitality industries who have been impacted by government restrictions should consider applying.
‘We are a people business – which means our team members, customers and communities come first,’ he said.
‘We are humbled that an increase in customers putting their faith and trust in us means we can now give Australians wanting to work that very opportunity in these unprecedented times.’
Domino’s Pizza is hiring 2,000 people to cater to the increasing demand as Australians adjust to new self-isolation measures
The company is looking for people who have a clean driving record, with a working knowledge around food health and safety and sanitisation.
The tongue-in-cheek job listing describes the role as one allowing employees to ‘bring joy’ to people’s lives through pizza.
Applications are being accepted through the Domino’s website and they’ll be reviewed daily.
Domino’s Australia is also running an initiative with its registered charity- ‘Give for Good’ in an act of goodwill to deliver free pizzas to everyone ‘working on the frontline’ to defeat and slow the spread of COVID-19.
This includes people working in emergency services, medical centres, supermarkets, supply chain workers, aged care facilities and virus call centres.
They’re already donated thousands of pizzas through the ‘Feeding the Frontline’ initiative.
The Federal Government tightened restrictions around the operation of cafes and restaurants on Tuesday night to include all outlets inside shopping centres food courts.
The exact number of jobs lost within the hospitality industry is still unknown, however some of the industry’s largest employers Crown Resorts and the Australian Hotels’ Association is expecting widespread loses.
People line up outside the Centrelink Office In Melbourne on Tuesday
The Australian Hotels’ Association said the government’s directives will have a ‘devastating effect’ on its 250,000 direct employees.
AHA CEO Stephen Ferguson said the announcement on Monday will be long lasting and the full impacts are yet to be seen.
‘We saw what an important role hotels play in their communities during the recent bushfires across large parts of the nation – today’s closure is an unprecedented move which will have a big social impact for months to come,’ Mr Ferguson said.
As of Wednesday night the website ‘I lost my hospo shift’ an initiative of the United Worker’s Union, listed job losses at 2,157 at a loss of $1,780,584 in wages lost this week.
Thousands of people who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic line up outside the Centrelink Office in Melbourne on Tuesday to try and apply for government welfare
The wider impacts of the pandemic could cause an estimated two million job losses across the entire country.
Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus said the scale of unemployment will skyrocket as the retail, hospitality, transport, personal services, arts and recreation industries will continue to suffer major job losses due to closures.
These five industries make up for 3.3million jobs – or 26 per cent of total employment in Australia.
‘The severe downturn already occurring in those sectors is sufficient to cause a major recession (destroying 1-2 million jobs in coming weeks),’ she said in a letter to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.
‘STAGE TWO’ RESTRICTIONS
The government is looking to limit interactions between groups, particularly any event or gathering with 10 or more people.
The new restrictions, from 11.59pm on March 25, mean:
* Food courts in shopping centres will only be available for takeaway food. No sitting.
* Auction houses will shut. Auctions and open house inspections are banned.
* Outdoor and indoor markets are banned while rules around major food markets will be addressed by states and territories.
* Personal services such as beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours (but not physiotherapy) are banned.
* Hairdressers and barbers can continue but must strictly manage social distancing and restrict the amount of time a patron can be in the premises to no more than 30 minutes.
* Amusement parks and arcades, and indoor and outdoor play centres must close.
* Boot camps and personal training must be limited to 10 people and enforce social distancing.
* Social sports such as large groups of people playing soccer in a park are banned.
* Galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSLs and swimming pools must close.
* Weddings can continue to be conducted where it is just the couple the celebrant and two witnesses, no more than five people.
* Funerals are limited to no more than 10 people.
* It is safe to send children to school up to the end of the term.
* But some pupil-free days will be needed to plan distance learning.
* Schools will reopen after the term break with a mix of distance learning and in-school learning for all “essential workers”.
* PM to meet with teachers and other sector representatives about keeping schools open and protecting staff.
* Everyone who still has a job is an essential worker.
* The official “do no travel” warning is now an outright ban on overseas travel, with some exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate travel.
* New offence of profiteering and seeking to export goods overseas, relating to such things as medical supplies and masks.