McDonald's Plans To Reopen Restaurants For Walk-In Takeaways This Month
McDonald's has said it plans to reopen 'most' of its restaurants in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland for walk-in takeaways on 22 February.
The fast-food chain will be trialling the plan at a select number of locations this week, with hopes of rolling out fully on 22 February.
McDonald's chose to close its restaurants at the start of the current lockdown but the company says its now had time to review its Covid measures and is hoping to welcome customers inside later this month.
Paul Pomroy, McDonald's CEO 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.
"This week, a small number of our restaurants will trial reopening walk-in Takeaway with these enhancements in place, with the plan to reopen the majority of restaurants for walk-in Takeaway across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland from Monday 22nd February.
"Due to government restrictions, we are unable to reopen Takeaway in Scotland at this time.
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"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.
"Once again, we would like to thank our franchisees, managers and employees for their ongoing commitment in supporting and implementing all of our updated procedures.
"The well-being 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."
And it's return to walk-in takeaways coincides nicely with the news that the Grand Big Mac is arriving back in stores later this week.
The super-sized meal will be available for six weeks from 10 February to 23 March, and it'll set you back £5.79 for a medium meal with a side and drink.
If you want to add a bit more meat to your already fairly overloaded burger, you can pack some bacon on to your medium meal, bringing the total to £6.19.
In total, there's six new additions to the Maccies menu - as well as the Grand Big Mac, with or without bacon, there's also a new Homestyle Crispy Chicken (£6.09 for a medium meal), Mozzarella Dippers (£1.89 for three dippers or £5.09 for nine dippers), McFlurry Flake (99p for mini size, or £1.39 for a regular size), and McFlurry Raspberry Flake (99p for mini size, or £1.39 for a regular size).
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