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Huge Queues Form Outside McDonald's After 15 Restaurants Re-Open

Huge Queues Form Outside McDonald's After 15 Restaurants Re-Open

Huge queues of delivery drivers have been spotted outside recently reopened McDonald's locations as fast food fans rush to get their hands on a Big Mac.

The fast food chain announced it would be reopening 15 of its restaurants, initially for delivery only, after closing them all up in March.

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Some Maccie's fans who aren't lucky enough to live within delivery distance to one of the newly reopened stores have been getting creative by driving to one and ordering their scran to a nearby car park.

One pair from Essex told the Mirror they drove from their home in Romford to Chelmsford where they gave their address as a shop opposite McDonald's and picked up their food in the car park. Now that is some serious dedication to nuggets.

However, if you don't fancy doing that, fear not as McDonald's has recently announced it will be opening 30 more restaurants on 20 May and these ones will offer Drive-Thru too.

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Each car will be limited to £25 and will be encouraged to use a contactless payment.

In a statement Paul Pomroy, McDonald's CEO for the UK and Ireland, said: "There has been an incredible response to news of our reopening and we know many of you are eager for us to extend our reopening plans at a faster pace.

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"The well-being of our employees, suppliers and delivery partners' couriers is my top priority and we will only extend our plans at a pace that enables us to create a safe working environment for our teams.

"In the last few days, updated government guidance has been shared in both the UK and Ireland, which makes it clear that takeaways and deliveries can operate.

"In line with government guidance, next week we will begin the next phase of reopening a further 30 pilot restaurants in the UK and Ireland, offering service through the Drive-Thru lane from Wednesday 20 May.

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"Moving in step with government guidelines, we plan to reopen all our Drive-Thrus by early June. We will keep the restaurant locator on our website updated as our Drive-Thrus reopen over the coming weeks."

He went on to urge customers to 'bear with' the fast food chain once it reopened, adding: "When your local Drive-Thru does reopen, it will be different. Our service will not be as quick as you might be used to, as we adjust to smaller teams and social distancing in our kitchens.

"We expect there will be some queues for some of our busier sites and our restaurants will look different, with Perspex screens at our Drive-Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment.

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"I ask that you continue to be supportive of and patient with our restaurant teams as we slowly and safely return. We are asking all of our employees to adapt to how our restaurants now work, and will only reopen at a pace that enables them to work safely.

"As we get accustomed to the new processes and procedures, we will look to reopen more restaurants, for longer hours and reintroduce more menu items. But only when I am confident we can do so whilst maintaining the new procedures we have introduced for the protection of our people."

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Topics: Food, UK News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]