The problem of staff shortages has forced Australian fast food chains to reduce menus and time.

Australian customers are aware that staff shortages are affecting not only supermarket shelves, but also the operations of fast-food giants such as McDonald’s and KFC.

KFC is experiencing a shortage of poultry meat, forcing some restaurants to reduce their menus.

“Like many companies across Australia, our supply chain and workforce are affected by COVID-19,” KFC said. Said In the media release on January 12, “Relieve me, I’m doing everything I can to get everyone’s favorites as soon as possible.”

“This isn’t the way we wanted to start this year. Be kind to each other and our staff are doing their best to serve the chicken we all love,” KFC said. Told.

Nando’s is also struggling with its own chicken supply and has been forced to temporarily close some restaurants, so it is not possible to offer a complete menu.

“I’m sorry you may not be able to enjoy the planned Nando’s,” Nando’s statement said. Said.. “COVID causes staff shortages and supply problems throughout the restaurant, so local restaurants may be closed or you may not be able to order as usual.”

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McDonald’s reopened on May 18, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Daniel Pocket / Getty Images)

Meanwhile, some McDonald’s stores are also forced to reduce trading hours due to the number of isolated staff due to COVID-19.

“Like many companies, some McDonald’s restaurants had to temporarily shorten their business hours due to staff isolation requirements,” a McDonald’s Australia spokeswoman said in the Epoch Times. I told the time report. “Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to prioritize health and safety during these times.”

New regulations in New South Wales and Queensland have removed some quarantine requirements, allowing food distribution, logistics, and other important workers in the supply chain to return to work. Was done.

Tomorrow, the Australian Industrial Group has called on the national cabinet to reach an agreement on consistent rules for COVID-19 inspection, quarantine, and reinstatement.

“Food and logistics companies report that 10-50% of workers are sick or isolated,” said Innes Willox, CEO of Ai Group. statement.. “From this perspective, if 20% of the total workforce is isolated or ill, it is equivalent to about 2.6 million workers.”

“This crisis requires us to think creatively about rules and regulations to identify ways to get all the hands together in key sectors.”

Rebecca Chu


Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She focuses on Australia’s economy, property and education. Contact her at [email protected]