McDonald's Shows How It's Reopening High Street Restaurants Safely Today
If you're gagging for a McDonald's meal, today is the day you can scratch that itch in one of its stores - but things are going to be a little different, as you'll discover.
So, large parts of the world are starting to open back up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning that businesses are trying to return to as close to normal as we can get right now.
McDonald's is no different, and the fast food giant has decided to share some of the measures that are in place as it reopens many of its high street stores today.
Last month, McDonald's reopened thousands of drive-thru premises once again, but 280 high street restaurants are throwing open their doors once again today.
That offers the opportunity for customers to get a Maccies in person for the first time since March.
However, it's going to be slightly unusual for everyone concerned.
First off, customers are going to be let into the restaurant on a one-in, one-out basis - depending on the size of the outlet - and orders are going to be limited to £25 each.
Visitors will be asked to order through the app as much as they possibly can, and other measures include sanitising hands at the checkout counter.
There are measures in place for the staff, too.
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All employees have been asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and they will have their temperatures taken on arrival for their shift each day with a contactless thermometer.
A statement from McDonald's confirmed: "McDonald's will provide clear signposting and floor-markings to create a one-way system around restaurants for customers and delivery partner couriers, where possible,"
Customers will be let in when there is room available, and will be asked to clean their hands. Fewer self-ordering screens will be switched on, and those that are on will be sanitised every 30 minutes.
Again, they're encouraging people to use the app.
The statement continued: "Restaurant seating areas, customer toilets and lifts will remain closed,
"With dining areas closed, recycling points will also remain closed. The large majority of McDonald's packaging can be recycled, and customers are encouraged to dispose of their litter responsibly and recycle wherever possible when they get home,"
"To help protect employees and other customers, McDonald's asks their customers not to visit if they feel unwell."
These measures will be in effect as well as those currently in place at the drive-thru and McDelivery restaurants, which already have screens in place at points of contact with customers, and fewer staff on shift to allow for social distancing.
For now, this is the new McNormal.
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