McDonald’s has announced plans to reopen 200 high street branches – allowing customers to pick up orders in person, following a trial at 11 service stations this week.
The chain said branches across England and Ireland will reopen to the public from Wednesday – allowing those unable to order via car or UberEats, the chance to pick up a takeaway.
A McDonald’s spokesman said entry numbers will be restricted when stores reopen and staff will be monitoring doors to ensure social distancing.
“It is important that we all continue to adhere to the guidance from the government and health authorities, especially if you need to queue outside our restaurants before there is space for you to enter,” a statement said.
“Please be sure to follow the social distancing and safety measures we’ve introduced once you’re inside.”
McDonald’s UK chief executive Paul Pomroy added: “A month ago, we reopened 15 restaurants for McDelivery only as we began our return to business.
“I am so grateful to our employees, franchisees and partners for working together as we’ve carefully scaled up our operations and returned to communities across the UK and Ireland.
“Today we have over 1,000 restaurants open for Drive Thru or McDelivery, and next Wednesday we will open the front doors in more than 200 additional restaurants for the first time, for take away.”
Adding to his statement, the fast-food chain’s boss said breakfast will be back on the menu at 42 restaurants from Wednesday as part of a new trial at all stores.
“In my last email, I promised an update on our breakfast menu, and I am delighted to confirm we will pilot the return of the McMuffin from next Wednesday in 42 restaurants in the UK and Ireland.
“As with our main menu, we will have a limited menu at breakfast but we’ve kept the classics – Hash Browns, McMuffins and Pancakes all return – but unfortunately, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, we are unable to serve porridge, bagels and our Breakfast Wrap.
“We will share more information about the breakfast pilot and takeaway restaurants on Wednesday morning via our website, app and social media.”
All store changes will come on top of the changes already made that you might be familiar with from drive thrus or delivery restaurants.
Perspex screens in the kitchens, service areas and Drive-thru windows and provide additional protective equipment for our teams, including disposable gloves for people in customer and courier facing positions and face coverings
Serving a reduced menu over reduced hours (11am-10pm)
Contactless payment methods and cap your spend at £25 wherever possible
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