The HUGE change in McDonald’s that will change your Big Mac run during the coronavirus pandemic
- Global fast food giant is expected to make an announcement for all NSW employees
- Employees expected to wear three-layer surgical masks during operations
- Follows Kmart, Bunnings and Woolworths and urges NSW customers to wear masks
Citizen chain giant McDonald’s is expected to announce on Wednesday that it will make face masks mandatory for all of its employees in New South Wales.
Andrew Gregory, McDonald’s Australia CEO, said the measures were prompted by NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian, who said masks should be worn by workers looking at the public.
Pictured: A McDonald’s sign outside a Maryborough restaurant in regional Victoria. The chain is expected to announce on Wednesday that it will make face masks compulsory for all its employees
“Our customers expect us to do our best to protect the community and we want to be careful,” he said 2 GB on Wednesday morning.
The announcement comes after Kmart urged customers to wear face masks while visiting shops in NSW to counter the spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Bunnings and Woolworths implemented similar health advice for the safety of all customers and personnel in Australia’s most populous state.
Woolworths Group, which owns the Dan Murphy and BWS alcohol shops, as well as the grocery chain, provides all staff with face masks to wear while serving customers.
Deb Poole, Bunnings’ Chief Operating Officer, had a similar message, but added that the company would “greatly appreciate that customers come on board to help protect everyone.”
A masked pedestrian is depicted outside a McDonald’s branch in Melbourne’s CBD. Each employee is expected to be told to wear a three-layer surgical mask
Patterns wearing face masks are seen with hand sanitizer and record their check-in details at The Bavarian restaurant at the Manly Wharf on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
On Sunday, NSW Prime Minister Ms Berejiklian said authorities would not make the use of masks mandatory in her state, but revised the current recommendations to address four specific circumstances.
Masks should be worn by workers who view the public, including hospitality or grocers, worshipers, and suburban residents near COVID-19 clusters, and in situations where social distance is impossible.
“We have been talking about masks for several weeks, but it is clear that the ongoing situation in Victoria gives us cause for concern about the potential for further seeding in NSW, and it is a risk mitigation strategy,” said Ms Berejiklian.
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