McDonald's will open all UK drive-thrus this week
The gradual reopening will be complete by 4 June
McDonald's will reopen all 924 of its drive-thru facilities next week, after successfully trialling 39 restaurants in the past few weeks. They estimate the re-openings will be compete between 2-4 June, but there will be a number of new safety measures imposed.
The chain shut up shop in late March, and for the past few weeks has been pursuing safe reopening methods and techniques. After a number of weeks trialling new safety measures, they have decided that all the restaurants will follow the following rules:
- Perspex screens installed at the drive-through windows and inside the restaurant’s kitchens.
- Physical distancing is being encouraged inside the restaurants, with floor markings introduced at each branch.
- Members of staff will have their temperature checked with a contactless thermometer when they arrive for a shift.
- The restaurants will offer a limited menu and will not yet reintroduce breakfast.
- Contactless payments will be encouraged.
- There will be a £25 cap on orders.
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There is concern among some staff that the reopening is too hasty, and unions have been encouraging staff to check themselves that their workplace is safe.
When McDonald's opened 39 restaurants last week, it was reported that queues stretched along the roads outside. Some were made visibly emotional when reunited with their beloved Big Mac. It is likely that these new reopenings will mean more queues, and more emotional customers across the UK and Ireland.