McDonald’s halts walk-in services during lockdown

McDonald’s halts walk-in services during lockdown

McDonald’s has temporarily suspended its walk-in takeaway service across all of its restaurants following the latest coronavirus lockdown in England.

The fast-food chain confirmed the measures will be in place across its full restaurant portfolio in England while it assessed its procedures with an independent health and safety body. It added that is drive-through and delivery services would not be affected.

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third national lockdown in England as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new restrictions, which have now been passed into law by parliament, mean restaurants, bars and other hospitality venues are forbidden from offering dining services on their premises, but can continue takeaway offerings.

McDonald’s UK and Ireland chief executive, Paul Pomroy, said: “This is a temporary change in our operations to allow us to test and validate any additional measures that may further enhance the safety of our takeaway service.”

Burger King, Pret A Manger, Subway and KFC have all confirmed that they will continue to offer takeaway services in-store.

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