Rumours spread across Twitter yesterday claiming McDonald’s was reopening its Drive-Thru and takeaway services on April 6. Fans of the fast-food giant were overjoyed at the prospect. One twitter user took to the site to say ‘McDonald’s opening again has made my whole day’, and another tweeted ‘Best news I’ve heard since lockdown is that McDonald’s is opening again on Monday’. Is the news true? Express.co.uk has the answer.
When did McDonald’s close?
On Monday, March 23, at 7pm, McDonald’s closed all UK and Ireland stores in order to prevent further spread of coronavirus.
McDonald’s initially stayed open, even when Boris Johnson announced the nation would be employing social distancing techniques in an attempt to beat the virus.
However, to protect staff and customers, the chain decided to close all restaurants fully.
On closing, the McDonald’s: “This is 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 interests of our customers.
“We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.”
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McDonalds did not give a date for reopening
Neither the drive-thru or the restaurants are open
Why did McDonald’s close?
McDonald’s UK and Ireland’s CEO Paul Pomroy released a statement before closure saying: “It has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult.
“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 to temporarily close.
“Ahead of closing tomorrow evening, we will ensure frontline health workers and emergency services personnel do not have to pay for any food or drink in our restaurants on sight of their work pass.”
Regular McDonald’s customers took to social media to praise the decision.
One user said: “Perhaps this is when the younger generation start to realise how serious this situation is.”
The announcement was posted on the official twitter for the UK branches
Is Mcdonald’s reopening?
Although rumours were circulating online about McDonald’s reopening its doors on Monday, this is untrue.
A tweet from the official McDonald’s UK Twitter account said: “Lots of people getting in touch about a certain post circulating tonight.
“It’s fake, we are not reopening next week and any official announcements would come from this page and would spell the brand name correctly.”
It is currently unknown when the UK’s most popular fast-food chain will reopen.
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Are any McDonald’s restaurants still open?
No McDonald’s restaurants are open in the UK, unfortunately.
More than half of the McDonald’s restaurants in America remain open to the public.
However, many of the eat-in areas are closed, and delivery is encouraged. In Australia, 100 percent of restaurants are still serving customers.
McDonald’s Australia is allowing customers to buy bread and milk at the drive-thru as a gesture to help the public during the pandemic.
McDonald’s addressed the rumours on Twitter yesterday
Will McDonald’s workers still get paid?
McDonald’s workers are some of the lucky ones in the UK.
About 135,000 Brits are employed by the company, but most of these are on zero-hour contracts.
McDonald’s will be paying their employees their full pay until April 5.
After this, the Government’s financial aid package will be expected to pay staff 80 percent of their normal wages.
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