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Domino’s is forced to backtrack after offering free pizzas to elderly in New Zealand

Domino’s is forced to backtrack after offering free pizzas to elderly people as coronavirus lockdown forces them to close all their stores

  • New Zealand is going into a four-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 
  • Domino’s announced free meal for elderly people once a week during lockdown
  • Company backtracked as it will close all its stores as its not an essential service 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Domino’s has been forced to backtrack after announcing it would give free pizza to the elderly but then having to close all of its stores.

The fast-food giant thought it was an ‘essential service’ and would be able to remain open during the four-week lockdown in New Zealand, which will begin at midnight on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday the company offered to deliver a free meal once-a-week to customers over the age of 70 during the quarantine period.

However, takeaway shops are not considered an essential business and the company will have to shutdown all stores for four weeks. 

Domino's has been forced to backtrack after announcing it would give free pizza to the elderly but then having to close all of its stores

Domino’s has been forced to backtrack after announcing it would give free pizza to the elderly but then having to close all of its stores

The fast-food giant thought it was an 'essential service' and would be able to remain open during the four-week lockdown in New Zealand, which will begin at midnight on Wednesday

The fast-food giant thought it was an ‘essential service’ and would be able to remain open during the four-week lockdown in New Zealand, which will begin at midnight on Wednesday

The fast-food giant thought it was an ‘essential service’ and would be able to remain open during the four-week lockdown in New Zealand, which will begin at midnight on Wednesday. 

‘This week we committed to supporting some of our most vulnerable Kiwis, those over 70. Although we are having to close, as soon as we reopen, we’ll continue to serve New Zealand’s senior citizens with a hot fresh meal, just as we promised,’ a Domino’s spokeswoman said.

‘We have been incredibly busy feeding the frontline workers in this crisis and will spend our final hours getting as many pizzas to them as possible to say thank you for their ongoing sacrifice and strength. 

‘Domino’s is proud to be a part of the New Zealand community. We are committed to doing what we can to slow the spread of the virus, and to keep our team members, customers and communities safe.’

On Tuesday the company offered to deliver a free meal once-a-week to customers over the age of 70 during the quarantine period. However, takeaway shops are not considered an essential business

On Tuesday the company offered to deliver a free meal once-a-week to customers over the age of 70 during the quarantine period. However, takeaway shops are not considered an essential business

New Zealanders have flocked to fastfood outlets to grab a quick bite before they are forced into isolation

New Zealanders have flocked to fastfood outlets to grab a quick bite before they are forced into isolation

New Zealanders have flocked to fastfood outlets to grab a quick bite before they are forced into isolation. 

The New Zealand government made the drastic decision to go into lockdown this week as the number of cases soared to 205.

All non-essential businesses will be closed and residents will have to stay at home.

They are only allowed to leave to exercise alone or visit essential services.

Supermarkets will stay open throughout the four-week lockdown and the supply chain will stay running.

The school holidays have been brought forward so they will fall within the four-week lockdown period.

Teachers are being trained to teach students online. 

 

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