McDonald’s to reopen for walk-in takeaways after closing for Covid lockdown

McDonald's will be reopening its restaurants for walk-in takeaways later in February, the fast-food giant has announced.

The chain will be opening its doors for customers again from February 22 except in Scotland due to government restrictions north of the border.

A small number of sites will trial walk-in takeaways this week, though the company would not say where they are.

Outlets closed to walk-ins at the start of the third national coronavirus lockdown in January but stayed open for drive-thru and delivery orders.

McDonald's chief executive for the UK and Ireland Paul Pomroy said: "A month ago we made the voluntary decision to temporarily close walk-in takeaway while we reviewed our safety measures to ensure they reflect the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Working closely with third party safety expert NSF International, we identified a small number of changes to further enhance our procedures, and we are currently in the process of rolling these out.

"This week, a small number of our restaurants will trial reopening walk-in takeaway with these enhancements in place, with the plan to reopen the majority of restaurants for walk-in takeaway across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland from Monday, February 22.

"Due to government restrictions, we are unable to reopen takeaway in Scotland at this time."

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There are just under 1,300 McDonald's restaurants currently operating in the UK.

The fast-food favourite will also be introducing new safety measures for when it swings its doors open again. These include visors for all employees, revised Covid-19 guidance and new courier flow in restaurants.

Mr Pomroy added: "New safety measures being introduced include visors as well as face coverings for customer-facing employees, revised guidance and processes for our couriers to support their safe working and enhanced processes for managing customer and courier flow in restaurants.

"Once again, we would like to thank our franchisees, managers and employees for their ongoing commitment in supporting and implementing all of our updated procedures.

"The wellbeing of our people, as well as our suppliers, couriers and our customers, remains our top priority, and we are confident the new processes in place will further enhance our already robust safety measures."

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