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Will takeaways be open during second coronavirus lockdown and can I still order on Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo?


TAKEAWAYS from your favourite restaurants will still be open for orders during the second national lockdown – as long as they keep trading.

While the latest restrictions force restaurants and pubs to shut for table-service, they still allow them to offer delivery and takeaway options.

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 Deliveroo will still offer delivery service during the second national lockdown in England

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Deliveroo will still offer delivery service during the second national lockdown in EnglandCredit: PA:Press Association

Pubs will also be allowed to serve takeaway pints – but only if they’re ordered in advance online, on the phone or even by post.

Just keep in mind the new rules apply to England only – Scotland and Wales have separate coronavirus restrictions in place.

If you’re keen to order a takeaway, you’ll need to check with your local restaurant to see if it’s still open.

During the first lockdown, many big brands, such as McDonald’s, KFC, Nando’s and Pizza Express, closed their operations entirely.

The situation is different this time around with the lockdown only set to be in force for a month – from November 5 until December 2, and many food chains have pledged to stay open for takeaway and delivery too.

These include all of the above brands, as well as other popular chains such as Greggs and Subway – check out the full list.

Which businesses must shut during lockdown?

THE government has ordered a wide range of businesses to close once again from November 5.

  • Restaurants, pubs and bars, except for takeaway and delivery
  • Non-essential retail shops, including electronics and clothing stores, although they can remain open for delivery and click and collect
  • Market stalls selling non-essential goods
  • Vehicle showrooms
  • Travel agents
  • Betting shops
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Auction houses
  • Tailors
  • Car washes
  • Accommodation such as hotels and hostels, although they can remain open for visitors travelling for work purposes
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms
  • Sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges
  • Water and theme parks
  • Personal care facilities such as hairdressers, nail salons, spas, tanning salons, massage parlours, tattoo studios and body piercing studios
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries
  • Community centres and halls
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

For the restaurants that are still open for business, Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats are still running.

Deliveroo told The Sun it has more than 46,000 restaurant partners in the UK – up by 2,000 in the past month.

The Sun has also asked Just Eat and Uber Eats for their latest figures, and we’ll update this article once we hear back.

After Boris Johnson’s press conference over the weekend, Deliveroo tweeted: “You can still order your favourite restaurant food and grocery essentials to your doorstep.

“We’re here to deliver for you, just as we’re here to deliver for our partners who we want to support now more than ever.”

Once again takeaway companies are keen to keep delivery drivers safe, and so are asking customers to ensure a contactless handover.

This could mean handing over cash in an envelope, or if you are self-isolating, making sure the delivery driver just leaves your food outside your home and paying by card over the phone or online beforehand.

If you fancy McDonald’s grub, you’ll be pleased to know that the fast food chain is giving customers 30% off food and drinks for the next two weeks.

Maccies fans can also get a free cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate by downloading its app.

Meanwhile, rival Burger King has urged customers to order from McDonald’s during lockdown in a support of unity for all fast food chains.

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