McDonald’s future: £ 25 per car limit at drive-thrus, plastic screens at counters and staff getting daily temperature checks – as fast food giant announces 975 stores to reopen next week
- McDonald’s announces which restaurants will reopen from Tuesday
- Drive thrus and deliveries will reopen between Tuesday and Thursday
- Customers have a limit of £ 25 on their orders, with a smaller menu
McDonald’s has announced that nearly 1,000 more restaurants will reopen for drive thrus or deliveries starting next week, under a new lockdown-friendly measure with a £ 25 limit on orders.
Each franchise has been asked to keep its staff fit and able to work after nearly two months of lockdowns.
As of Tuesday, McDonald’s will start announcing the restaurants that have reopened. 975 franchises were reopened on Thursday.
Cleaning stations for delivery staff will be set up in McDonald’s restaurants
The images show how restaurants reopen with protective screens between staff and customers. Employees are also expected to wash their hands every 30 minutes.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “We can announce today that by June 4, 1019 of our restaurants will be reopened, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery.
“This means that every Drive Thru in the UK and Ireland will reopen next Tuesday and Thursday and we will also expand the availability of McDelivery.
‘This is only possible after the hard work of the teams in our 44 pilot restaurants. Over the past two weeks, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working, so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland enjoy the return of the Big Mac.
“With fewer employees working in our kitchens and service areas, our teams still need your patience and support as they continue to adapt to the new way of working.
More McDonald’s restaurants will reopen from next week, previous drive-thru reopenings have led to long lines, including in Sutton last week
What will be included in McDonalds’ limited menu?
Quarter pounder with cheese
Side dishes & desserts:
McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)
‘Face covers, gloves, perspex screens and new safety and hygiene processes will make it look different, take a little longer and as we’ve seen in the pilot restaurants, we expect demand to be high. Be patient, we continue to put our people first – their safety is our priority.
“Over the past week, we have made the occasional decision to close Drive Thru lanes where demand has affected local communities or the safety of our people or customers. We will continue to work with local authorities and the police as we expand our reopening plans. With smaller teams, we still offer a limited menu during limited hours, and we ask that you make contactless payments and limit your expenses to £ 25.
“We will continue to review these measures as we reopen, but for the time being these restrictions will remain in place to help our employees, customers and delivery partner couriers stay safe.
“To manage the anticipated demand, we will release the locations of the reopened restaurants each morning.”
News of McDonald’s return comes after Halfords announced it will fully reopen 53 British stores by Friday, with customers allowed to re-enter to browse the shelves.
The auto parts retailer uses marshals to guide people through the stores and uses ‘sneezing screens’ to protect people.
Employers expect a wave of customers who want to get behind the wheel of cars that have not been used for several weeks.