McDonald's Is Opening All 1,000 Drive-Thrus In The UK This Week
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We've got great news for anyone hankering after a juicy Big Mac, as McDonald's will be opening 'every Drive Thru in the UK and Ireland' between Tuesday and Thursday this week as it relaunches 1,019 of its 1,249 restaurants.
The chain will also begin to 'expand the availability' of McDelivery as well, meaning those chicken nuggets are no longer the pipe dream they were at the beginning of lockdown.
Announcing the development last week, a McDonald's spokesperson said: "We can today announce that by 4th June, 1,019 of our restaurants will have reopened, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery.
"This means every Drive Thru in the UK and Ireland will reopen between Tuesday and Thursday next week and we will start to expand the availability of McDelivery too.
"This is only possible following the hard work of the teams in our 44 pilot restaurants. Over the last fortnight, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland to enjoy the return of the Big Mac."
You'll have to keep an eye out on social media to see when your local branch will be back in action, as McDonald's will be releasing the 'locations of the reopening restaurants on the morning of each day'.
Of course, we won't see a complete return to normal just yet, as the fast food giant will be implementing various safety measures to ensure the safety of both customers and workers.
These include: capped spend in Drive Thrus at £25 per car and customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible; Perspex screens at Drive Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment, as well as Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas in the restaurant and kitchen.
All McDonald's employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and the company will use contactless thermometers with temperatures taken on arrival at work for every shift; social distancing has been introduced in the kitchens and service areas to help create a safe working environment for restaurant teams; restaurants will return with smaller teams, offering a limited menu.
In its statement, McDonald's also asked for customers' 'patience and support' as restaurants open with fewer employees, who will have to 'adjust to the new ways of working'.
Mcdonald's also said it is continuing to review these measures as reopening is rolled out.