McDonald's Unveils Plans To Reopen For Walk-Ins And Takeaway
In news that will delight Maccies fans up and down the country, the chain has finally unveiled its plans to reopen for walk-in services.
Yep, that means ordering a Big Mac and fries IRL, no drive-thru required. The phased reopening for walk-in takeaway and click and collect will kick off Wednesday 17th June - so mark the date in your diary, fast foodies.
Hot on the heels of their phased reopening of 1,000 restaurants, McDonald's will begin by opening 11 pilot Roadchef service station restaurants for walk-in takeaway for motorway users. They are expected to reveal the exact branches next week.
The same process will then gradually roll-out to high street, town and city centre restaurants across the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 24th June.
In order to keep its customers safe during walk-in services, Maccies has a wide range of health and safety procedures in place for staff and punters.
These include clear signposting and floor-markings to create one-way systems around restaurants, and hand sanitising at cleaning stations before entering restaurants.
Only a certain numbers of people will be allowed inside Maccies restaurants at a time to adhere to social distancing - this will vary depending on the restaurant size and layout.
Punters will be asked inside when a space becomes available. Fewer self-order screens will be in use and will be sanitised at least every 30 minutes. You can also order via the My McDonald's app, of course.
Punters are asked to come alone wherever possible - though the chain acknowledges this isn't always possible - and not to visit if they feel unwell.
Seating areas, customer toilets and lifts will remain closed.
These measures come on top of safety procedures already introduced to the chain's reopened Drive-Thru and McDelivery restaurants, such as perspex screens, a reduced menu and face coverings for those in customer-facing positions.
McDonald's UK & Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said: "Over the last four weeks, we have carefully reopened over 1,000 restaurants for Drive-thru or McDelivery, only progressing to new channels and more restaurants when we were confident that we could provide a safe working environment for our people."
He added: "Following a closed test in London last month, I am pleased to confirm that we will begin reopening for takeaway and click and collect. Starting on Wednesday 17th June, in 11 Roadchef service station locations, we will welcome motorway users back inside our restaurants for the first time since March.
"We're taking our time to get this right, reviewing our processes before we gradually roll-out to high streets, towns and city centres from 24th June onwards."
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