Huge news: McDonald's is trialling reopening this week
The restaurant chain released a statement on Instagram suggesting some reopenings
Over the past few days, we've heard news that a number of food outlets are opening up shop again. KFC, Burger King, Five Guys and Greggs are just some of the companies that are tentatively welcoming back customers in a select few locations around the UK.
Now, McDonald's has said that it will be carrying out 'operational tests' in a restaurant that will be 'closed to the public' for the time being. Based on the success of these tests, it will make a decision on whether or not it can open safely.
The news was released on Instagram, in a post written by Paul Pomroy, McDonald's CEO for the UK and Ireland.
Pomroy writes, "These tests will include exploring social distancing measures for our crew, PPE options and opening in a limited capacity."
He made it very clear how difficult it was going to be reopening in these tough times, saying, "Restarting our business is not an easy task even when reopening in a limited capacity. We have set ourselves some key criteria for reopening – all of which take time."
The four criteria that got a mention were:
- Ensuring the wellbeing of staff
- Ensuring they have a steady supply of fresh produce
- Ensuring complicity with government guidelines
- Ensuring the safety of customers
It seems that restaurants won't be opening right away, then. This is a diversion from the behaviour of their closest competitors, but it's reassuring to see McDonald's exercising so much caution.
Paul finished the post by saying, "For now we remain closed, and will only reopen when we are absolutely confident we can have the right measures in place to ensure everyone's wellbeing."