Customers enter KFC

LAST LAP: Customers enter KFC on Independence Square, Port of Spain, on Monday. The Government ordered all restaurants and food outlets closed from yesterday in the fight against COVID-19. -Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

WITH restaurants and fast-food outlets closed until April 30, essential service workers and hungry people needed to find a new option yesterday.

Government on Monday announced stricter measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including stopping takeout services at quick service outlets like KFC and restaurants.

There were other options for Trinbagonians who did not pack their lunch from home.

Linda’s Bakery was one.

The bakery had previously started placing full-page ads, promoting its “Linda’s Essentials”.

The company is advertising how its whole-wheat bread can be combined with cheese, peanut butter, chicken and tuna and is offering several options of bread and sandwich spreads, the priciest around $35.

The bakery also offered pies, which had already started to run low around lunchtime yesterday.

Chee Mooke Bakery at Independence Square, Port of Spain, was also open and conducting good business yesterday.

An employee told the Express: “We are not going to close unless we are mandated to and, yes, you can get a meal here. We have beef pies, chicken pies, sausage pies...”

At the bakery, social distancing was exercised with only two customers in the bakery at any time. Four uniformed police officers stood outside for a while.


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