Australians are using planes to deliver pizza in locked-down outback
Pizza is being delivered by plane to parts of the Australian outback, in efforts to bring joy to those in extreme isolation during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Dunmarra Wayside Inn – which is a bustling roadside diner in the Northern Territory – has been using a small fixed-wing aircraft to deliver a weekly takeaway service to cattle stations in the outback.
According to ABC, the owners of the inn wanted to keep the deliveries secret until they knew they would work – even keeping secret a massive pizza oven.
"The station that we did send them to absolutely loved them, so much that they ate them for breakfast the next morning," Ben Anderson, the inn's manager and pizza cook.”
It’s currently peak season for Australia’s outback, which this year is devoid of tourists. Travel around the Northern Territory remains strictly controlled, with large groups of people locked down.
It is thought that remote indigenous communities could be especially susceptible to an outbreak.
The idea to fly pizzas and other supplies is more about supporting those in areas that aren’t allowed to leave the area said Gary Frost, the inn’s owner.
"We're just doing it as a friendly gesture to try and help people out," he said.
However, the air-pizza deliveries are not without their own restrictions; pizzas must be left at the door for residents to pick up.
"I said to the boss, maybe we should just get parachutes and drop them out the sky but you never know where they're gonna end up," Anderson said.
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