Food deliveries surge due to coronavirus lockdown
Lunchtime used to be peak time for delivery services, however lately, they have been detecting an increase in the number of orders in the evenings and over weekends.
Following the tightening of lockdown measures, online food delivery provider Ehrana have seen a staggering surge in the number of food orders in the Ljubljana area by as much as 310%.
It has also detected an increase in the number of orders submitted in the evenings, between 6pm and 8pm. The figure has doubled over the weekends and remains high during lunchtime.
Since 20 March, the number of restaurants providing delivery options have increased as well - by 26%. There are currently more than 160 Ljubljana restaurants and pubs available on the Ehrana platform.
"Those are the restaurants that did not deal with or consider deliveries before because they were busy as it was," said Ehrana director and co-founder Borut Markelj, referring to a new influx of restaurants using one of Slovenia's leading delivery service providers.
The epidemic has taken a toll on restaurant business as well and delivery options have become the only source of income for the majority, added Markelj.
One of those is Indian restaurant Maharaja, which is staying afloat due to deliveries in the time when its revenue has plunged by 50-70%.
During the crisis, Ljubljana citizens have been mostly craving fast food though, such as burgers, pizzas and salads. "Apparently, there are a lot of fast food lovers in the capital," quipped Markelj.
He highlighted that the health of delivery drivers, consumers and other staff comes first. Employees are wearing masks, using hand sanitisers regularly and heeding physical distancing rules.
Moreover, cash payments are not possible during the epidemic. Consumers have been adapting to the new reality really well, added Markelj.