McDonald’s has received the green light to open its drive thru locations in the UK, as the restaurant strives to reignite its business during the comprehensive nationwide lockdown. The news comes as the company prepares to open a selection of its locations for delivery.
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Environment Secretary George Eustace said McDonald’s was “made for social distancing”, and he never specifically asked for them to close.
Speaking during the daily coronavirus update over the weekend, the minister said it was “quite possible” for them to operate safely during the pandemic.
Mr Eustace said: “I think our view is that probably a McDonald’s drive-thru is made for the social distancing situation we are in, in that people do not leave their car, they place their order and someone passes a bag of food to them at the end through a kiosk.”
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Mr Eustice added: “While clearly restaurants and pubs had to close, we were quite keen to keep that capacity to be able to do takeaway food for people.
“I think it is quite possible for these venues to reopen and reopen safely, we never mandated that they should close.
“I think some of those food-to-go businesses will probably be seeking to learn lessons from what supermarkets have done as they consider tentatively reopening.”
The chain initially said it would shut all of its restaurants on March 15 as it became “increasingly difficult” to maintain safety standards.
Currently, it is unclear as to when McDonald’s will open its drive thru.
They have yet to release and update on when people can expect to collect food.
However, the company has already set about opening some of its locations for delivery.
Several restaurants in the UK are now offering their food following test runs, with 15 to open their doors from next week.
The following locations will open from May 13:
- Chelmsford Riverside
- Chelmsford Westway
- Ipswich Cardinal Park
- Boreham Interchange
- Luton Leagrave
- Watford Hertfordshire Arms
- Chaul End Lane, Luton
- Beechings Way, Gillingham
- Sittingbourne Retail Park
- Gillingham Bowaters
- Luton George Street
Those restaurants which do reopen will do so with strict coronavirus measures in place.
They will initially receive a deep clean, before workers install perspex screens and floor markers.
Other restaurants in the UK will likely have to wait months before they open their doors.
Speaking in his pre-recorded address yesterday, Boris Johnson said the Government’s “phased” approach would see them open by late this year, depending on how the situation develops.