Online food orders tripled in 'red' provinces during New Year holidays
Food delivery orders from customers in Covid-19 red-coded provinces saw a three-time increase during the New Year festival compared to the same period last year, an executive at an online platform said.
Yod Chinsupakkul, chief executive officer of Lineman Wongnai, an online food delivery platform, said that “The new wave of Covid-19 outbreak and restricted opening hours of restaurants compelled people to order food online, especially in controlled provinces.”
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has classified controlled provinces as ‘red’ in its colour code, as they have high danger of becoming a Covid-19 hotspot. The red-coded provinces are: Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lopburi, Singburi, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphanburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Sa Kaew, Samut Prakarn, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon, Rayong and Bangkok.
“Lineman Wongnai is planning to expand its fleet with new delivery persons and drivers, as we estimate the food delivery market will continue to expand throughout 2021,” added Yod. “However, due to the high volume of orders during meal times, it is highly recommended to place your order before 11am or between 2-4pm to avoid delivery delays, he suggested.
Restaurants are also recommended to open before 10am so that they can serve customers who wish to order before lunch.”
“The company has enforced strict preventive measures to ensure the safety of customers and delivery staff from Covid-19. We also urge users to tap our digital payment channels to reduce the risk of germs spreading from touching cash,” added Yod.