With the UK being plunged back into a national Lockdown similar the one we experienced back in March, you may be wondering what the rules are for your favourite fast food restaurants.
Luckily, unlike March’s Lockdown, McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Nando’s and other fast food restaurants will remain open but, for the most part, only for delivery and drive-thrus (where available). And some places are still offering takeaway services, like Burger King.
Just a quick update from us; we’re still open for takeaway, drive-thru, delivery and click & collect. So you can still get the Whopper your way, just from a (social) distance.
— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) January 5, 2021
You will not be able to dine-in or even get walk-in takeaways at McDonald's.
Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s CEO UK and Ireland has said in a statement: “Following the latest government announcements, our restaurants will remain open for Drive-Thru and McDelivery services and Click & Serve for Drive-Thru which is available via the My McDonald’s App.
"Our dine-in and walk-in takeaway services will be temporarily unavailable while we take time to review and reassess our safety procedures with an independent health and safety body. 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.
“We will continue to keep customers updated via the My McDonald’s App and our website.”
McDonald’s opening times
As before, McDonald’s and other restaurants’ opening and closing times may change, so it's best to check on their official websites for any changes before you head out to treat yourself to a takeaway.
Back in March, when McDonald’s closed for the first time, McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy said: “Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult and therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March.
“I have been clear throughout this that we would only continue to operate whilst it was safe for our people and together with our franchisees, we feel now is the time to make this decision."
In a statement on social media, the fast food brand added: “This is a 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 interest of our customers.”
So, yeah, things are pretty rubbish again, but at least you know this time around you can still enjoy your favourite fast food.
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