MCDONALDS pushed on with its return to normality, opening a further 168 drive-thrus yesterday – plus another 22 for delivery.
Huge queues built up as the burger chain welcomed back Big Mac and McFlurry fans who had not had a fix since the restaurants shut on March 23.
It is the latest stage in having more than 1,019 of its restaurants in the UK and Ireland open for drive thru or delivery by tomorrow.
Until yesterday, 44 had been open as bosses finetuned the best ways to keep staff, delivery drivers and customers safe.
There are no plans yet to open for takeaway, and for now no restaurants are allowed to open for eating in. Perspex screen and floor markings will help with contactless pick-ups.
Staff will also wear face masks and have daily temperature checks. Smaller staff in kitchens means there are limited menus and shorter opening hours – with opening time at 11am.
Orders for drive thru and delivery are limited to £25 to speed things up. Delivery will be via Uber Eats and Just Eat.
A spokeswoman said: “With smaller teams, we will still be offering a limited menu over reduced hours, and we ask that you make contactless payments and limit your spend to £25.”
All the chain’s 924 drive thrus will be open by then, with 34 of those also offering McDelivery.
A further 51 will be delivery only, with more added town by town. This means 1,019 of its 1,428 restaurants will have reopened by Thursday.
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