McDonald’s update customers on new rules as stores reopen from February 22

McDonald's will begin testing out a safe return to its restaurants this month following its move to ban customers from entering the premises last month in a bid to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Only a select few restaurants will trial the system to determine if the restaurant can run efficiently while implementing strict coronavirus safety measures.

With the UK still under a strictly-enforced third national lockdown, most restaurants – along with the majority of the hospitality sector, have been forced to close in all aspects for the foreseeable future.

McDonald's has opted to open just a small number of their restaurants for take-away orders only.

The decision has come in the hopes that the fast-food chain will be able to open all of their branches across the entirety of the UK from February 22.

The move comes with a whole host of measures that will be in place from the moment stores reopen, such as staff wearing protective visors as well as customers wearing mandatory face coverings when dealing with staff.

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Paul Pomroy, the head of McDonald’s UK & Ireland stated: “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 to restaurants.”

He went on to ensure that the safety of their staff was McDonald's number one priority: “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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As part of the new measures, staff will also undergo regular temperature checks as well as reducing the amount of people in kitchens to ensure social distancing rules are met.

Protective screens will be placed both in kitchens and out in the public areas of the restaurant alongside designated hand sanitisation zones.

McDonalds's have already confirmed they will request every customer wear a face covering before entering any branch, while announcing there will be clear sign-posts in each restaurant to ensure social distancing remains in place for customers.

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