PIZZA chain Domino's is launching a contact-free delivery service from next week.
The company announced in a statement that it has implemented additional measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Company CEO David Wild said: "I wanted to reassure you that the safety and well-being of customers and colleagues is always our top priority.
"Domino’s already has very high hygiene standards and strict food handling procedures.
"In light of the current situation we’re carefully following the advice from health authorities.
"We’ve implemented a number of additional precautions such as increased hand washing and sanitisation."
The pizza chief added that customers can also order delivery without coming face to face with a delivery driver.
David said: "For customers who want to feel even safer when ordering, from next week we will launch Contact Free Delivery.
"This service comes at no additional charge and is in response to some customers wishing to limit physical contact during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
"We’re pleased to be able to offer this across every Domino’s store in the UK and Ireland."
Rachael Giles, a spokeswoman for Domino's added the new service was launched to give customers "additional piece of mind".
She told the Sun Online: "We understand the trust our customers place in us to deliver, safe, freshly prepared food and we take this responsibility incredibly seriously."
Customers can select a Contact Free Delivery at the checkout on the app or website when placing your order.
The driver will call you when they arrive to agree where you want your food left.
Once the order has been placed in the agreed location, the driver will stay at least two metres away while you collect your order.
To ensure the service is truly contact free, all Contact Free Delivery orders must be pre-paid online or over the phone.
David said: "Everyone at Domino’s is working tirelessly to ensure we continue to provide you with the level of service and quality you’d expect from us during these challenging times."
Deliveroo has also launched a similar contact-free service in a bid to ensure the safety of its riders and customers.
A spokesman for the delivery service said: "Customers and riders can request in the app that food is left safely on the doorstep.
"We remain in daily contact with local health officials to make sure we are offering the safest service possible to customers, riders and restaurants."
Last week Deliveroo also announced a hardship fund with financial support for riders who contract Covid-19 or those who have been instructed to be in isolation by a medical authority.
The news comes as a newborn baby in England tested positive for the coronavirus, making the baby the youngest victim of the disease in the world.
While medics try to establish whether the tot was infected during birth, the baby remains at hospital and the mum is receiving treatment in a specialist infections hospital.
Schools could soon extend the Easter holidays for two weeks in a bid to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
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