McDonald's Is Giving Free Drinks To Australian Healthcare Workers
There's no denying that healthcare workers across the planet are being stretched to their breaking points amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The outbreak of the virus is causing many people on the frontline to work longer, more stressful shifts and the number of patients is only going up.
Whether you're a doctor in an Emergency Department, a nurse working through ICU, a GP seeing patients or any myriad of other professions, it can't be easy right now.
But, McDonald's wants to help these heroes, even if it's with something small.
The Australian arm of the fast food juggernaut will give any health worker a free drink if they swing by.
In a statement on social media, Macca's wrote: "Some of the most important people at this time are the people who look after us and our loved ones.
"To say thanks, we're shouting any healthcare workers a free small McCafé hot drink or medium soft drink."
The offer was made available yesterday (March 23) and will last until May 17. All you have to do is rock up to a restaurant in your uniform or show your healthcare ID and you'll be slurping away in no time.
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It's a similar measure brought in by the British arm of the company.
The fast food giant announced the kind gesture as a way to 'thank and reward' people who are working around the clock during the pandemic.
In a statement McDonald's said: "We want to use our UK and Ireland footprint to thank, reward and support the health and care workers doing an incredible job in difficult and unprecedented times.
"This offer is a token of our appreciation for the tireless work that these professionals are carrying out in the communities in which we operate."
For Australians however, you won't be able to down the delicious drink in the building.
McDonald's restaurants across Australia will be closing all the dine-in sections in order to keep them clean from the coronavirus.
A message released this morning (March 24), the company said: "At Macca's, looking after you, our team and the wider community is our priority, so in line with Government guidance, we're making a few changes.
"For the time being, you won't be able to dine-in, but we'll be here for you to walk in and takeaway, and via Drive-Thru and McDelivery."
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