Coronavirus: Burger King, KFC close dine-in seating in New Zealand

Burger King and KFC have both closed dine-in seating in all New Zealand restaurants until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Both companies will still be open for takeaway, drive-thru and delivery orders.

The fast-food giants made the decision following the Government's announcement on Saturday that forces all cafes and restaurants to collect the names and details of every customer who visits.

"The safety of our guests, team, and community is our top priority," Burger King wrote on its Facebook page.

"So to make it safer for everyone to practice physical distancing in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines the dining room seating in all our restaurants will close until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."

Burger King is also encouraging its customers to use its app to place takeaway and drive-thru orders to minimise person-to-person contact.

KFC said on its Facebook page their crew is being "more diligent than ever" in keeping surfaces clean and sanitised, as well as washing their hands frequently.

"It's unusual times and we know that a bit of comfort food can go a long way, so we're doing everything we can to make sure you can still get your fried chicken fix," it said.

KFC said it will remain open as long it is safe to do so. Burger King didn't say how long it was prepared to stay open.