A while back, Twitter was on fire with reports that McDonald’s would be re-opening sooner rather than later. McDonald's replied by announcing that it would be "carrying out some operational tests to explore what re-opening might look like."
THEN, the guys at McDonald's confirmed that 15 branches would re-open on 13 May for deliveries and takeaways, and only a limited menu would be on offer.
Now drive-thrus have begun re-opening, and after just 30 started serving again a few weeks ago, McDonald's just announced that 260 more will re-open.
Our last update for this week, over 260 Drive Thrus reopening, and eight more restaurants offering McDelivery. Thank you for your continued patience with our teams, it has been a very busy week!— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) June 4, 2020
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They will only be open between 11am and 10pm, and there will be a cap of £25 per order to save the queues getting too long and staff getting overwhelmed.
Here's the limited menu:
As a reminder, here’s our limited menu, no breakfast or Shakes for now but don’t worry, we do have McNuggets. pic.twitter.com/qPoMie8FH6— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) June 4, 2020
When it was announced that McDonald's would be re-opening, a statement on McDonald's website read:
In March we took the decision to temporarily close our restaurants in the UK and Ireland for the safety of our employees and customers. Recently, we began working through a potential and limited reopening and I wanted to share with you an update that we shared with our franchisees and 135,000 employees earlier today.
As part of our reopening planning, we have been listening to you and our employees, and we have worked closely with UK and Irish governments and trade bodies to help ensure we do this responsibly. We have deliberately taken our time, we want to get this right.
We sought the views of our employees as we worked through our reopening planning, to give us all confidence in the measures we are introducing to keep them safe. We understand everyone has been affected by this global crisis differently and therefore when it comes to returning to work, our people will be encouraged to make the right decision, based on their personal circumstances.
This week we have been running controlled tests to explore the safest way to reopen our restaurants. To give us all confidence in the new operational measures we are introducing to keep you and our employees safe, we asked our employees for their thoughts, have incorporated much of their feedback and will continue to listen and learn. The tests have proven successful and I will outline the ways in which we will slowly, but safely, begin to resume serving McDonald’s customers again.
On May 13, we will reopen 15 of our restaurants in the UK; this will be in a limited capacity with delivery only. The restaurants involved will be announced next week as we work through inviting our employees back to work and supporting our delivery partners to prepare for our gradual return.
Since re-opening on 13 May, McDonald's has been offering a limited menu, including some vegetarian options, which could be delivered between 11am and 10pm.
Staff have been asked to be extra careful about physical distancing measures, while Perspex screens have been installed and marking placed on the floor. The restaurants will also undergo deep cleaning throughout the day.
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