McDonald's to reopen restaurants for walk-in takeaways

MCDONALD'S will reopen restaurants again for walk-in takeaways later this month.

The fast food chain revealed that it would close to walk-ins and offer delivery and drive-thru only at the start of lockdown.

McDonald's will start reopening for walk-ins at some locations this week as it tests out new safety measures.

It then hopes to open all branches in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland from Monday February 22 onwards.

McDonald's revealed the temporary closure after the third national lockdown in England.

The chain said it took the decision to close for takeaway while it reviews extra safety measures to keep workers and customers safe.

Restaurants remain closed for dining in under the lockdown rules.

Now, Maccies has introduced new safety measures that mean its doors can open again.

Paul Pomroy, McDonald's boss for UK and Ireland, said: "A month ago we made the voluntary decision to temporarily close walk-in takeaway while we reviewed our safety measures to ensure they reflect the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Working closely with third party safety expert NSF International, we identified a small number of changes to further enhance our procedures, and we are currently in the process of rolling these out to restaurants.

"New safety measures being introduced include visors as well as face coverings for customer facing employees, revised guidance and processes for our couriers to support their safe working and enhanced processes for managing customer and courier flow in restaurants."

Mr Pomroy also thanked staff.

He said: "The wellbeing of our people, as well as our suppliers, couriers and our customers remains our top priority, and we are confident the new processes in place will further enhance our already robust safety measures."

McDonald's has still served customers through home delivery via Uber Eats and Just Eat.

Drive-thrus have also remained open and McDonald's will now also deliver food to your car so you can skip the drive-thru queue.

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