According to the Evening Standard, the current shortages are being blamed on the UK’s so-called “pingdemic,” which refers to the alerts people receive through the NHS app telling them they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who receive this alert are then forced to self-isolate to avoid spreading the virus — at least until they receive one negative COVID test if they are vaccinated or two negative tests for the unvaccinated. These self-isolations have caused disruptions throughout the entire supply chain, as workers across the industry have not been able to report to work, leading to understaffing, delays, and shortages.
“The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages, and a number of our restaurants have been impacted,” a Nando’s spokesperson said of the recent closures. “However, we can confirm that from today Nando’s will be lending seventy of our brilliant team members to support our key suppliers — working in partnership to help get things moving again. We expect to see this having a positive impact on the affected restaurants very soon, so please bear with us whilst we do everything we can to get our famous PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs — on your plates!”