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Beloved burger chain McDonald's has separated its iconic Golden Arches in a bid to help promote social distancing, which many people worldwide are being ordered to practice to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Any McDonald's fan worth their salt will know the Golden Arches usually depict a big yellow 'M' - a symbol that has become one of the most recognisable images on the planet.
But now even the arches are following official advice that countless nations have been given, having separated from one another.
Yes... I'm sure it's at least two metres apart.
The new spread-out arches appeared on McDonald's' social media accounts in several countries, including Brazil:
McDonald's India also shared the revamped logo, writing on Instagram: "A little distance goes a long way! Stay home, stay safe."
A little distance goes a long way! Stay home, stay safe. #SocialDistancing #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/PyEVsp1Wjv
- McDonald's India (@Mcdonaldsinind) March 22, 2020
McDonald's has been making many changes to its business model over the past few weeks due to the spread of coronavirus, having been forced to limit its service in various ways across the world.
In the UK, the company initially closed its seating areas as a response to new government advice about social distancing. It also delayed its hugely popular McDonald's Monopoly promotion.
However, earlier this week, the chain announced it would be closing all of its UK and Ireland outlets on Monday 23 March, saying it would not reopen them until it was 'safe' to do so.
The company said in a statement: "We have taken the difficult decision to close all McDonald's restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March at the latest.
"This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the well-being and safety of our employees in mind as well as in the best interests of our customers.
"We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.
"Thank you to all our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time.
"We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen."
The impending closure prompted huge queues to form outside of McDonald's restaurants throughout the country, as many rushed to get their final dose of Big Macs and McFlurries for the forseeable.
Don't worry, guys - you'll hopefully be able to get your chicken nugget fix soon enough. In the meantime, stay safe and follow the Golden Arches' example.
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