McDonald’s & KFC So Popular After New Zealand Ended Its Lockdown, They Ran Out of Food


You’d probably know by now that McDonald’s in Singapore is now closed, and no one knows when it’ll reopen.

So what’d happen when it reopens?

Reader Bao: Erm, people buy burgers?

Well, you’re only partially correct.

There’s a good chance that when it reopens, it might just run out of burgers on the first day.

McDonald’s & KFC So Popular After New Zealand Ended Its Lockdown, They Ran Out of Food

Lest you didn’t know, New Zealand has been praised by many on how they tackle the pandemic.

The country confirmed its first case on 28 February, and when the number of local transmissions went to double-digit, the country introduced a unique “alert system”, with Level 4 being the highest level that would warrant a “partial lockdown” much like Singapore’s Circuit Breaker, and Level 1 being the mildest response.

On 25 March 2020, when local transmission cases were consistently at two-digit for a few days, the country went to Level 4, and here’s the result of the swift action:

New cases started to drop on the 11th day—and that’s what happened in Singapore, too.

And if you’d realise, our response is akin to New Zealand’s response: when local transmissions hit double digit, we went on a partial lockdown, too, to prevent a wide community spread.


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That’s the reason why we were all looking at how we were doing on the 11th day, too.

As of 28 April 2020, New Zealand officially went to Level 3 for at least two weeks, to determine if the level would go up or down after this period.

Level 3 is like what we experienced days before the Circuit Breaker.

So, what does the Kiwis do the moment they regain their freedom?

Get fast food, of course.

On the first day that the alert system went to Level 3, people all over New Zealand queued up in their cars to dabao burgers, fries and fried chicken from McDonald’s and KFC.

Guess they’ve got their priorities right; after all, any NSFs in the army would remember that after two weeks of confinement during Basic Military Training, whereby parents would be able to visit the recruits for the first time, many recruits would ask for McDonald’s, too.

The demand for burgers were so high that outlets started to run out of stock for certain key ingredients.

In fact, three outlets had to temporarily close earlier after stock ran out.

Can you imagine queuing up for hours only to realise you’re not going to get that juicy McSpicy? I can’t.


KFC faced the same problem; two of their stores had to close because the demand was way too much.

Well, considering that we’re so much like the Kiwis and our love for the Golden Arches is probably the same, you can bet that McDonald’s Singapore is watching this very closely and shouldn’t disappoint us on the first day of their opening.

Or would they?