McDonald’s to shut restaurants and move to takeaway and delivery only

McDonald's will be temporarily closing seating area in all restaurants and moving to takeaway, Drive Thru, and McDelivery only, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses said it would be making the move to "ensure the wellbeing of our employees and customers consistent with the governments' guidance on social distancing."

None of McDonald's restaurants will offer dine-in or table service but the app will continue to "offer the opportunity to order and pay ahead for collection and Drive Thru."

All orders will now be "contact-free" with "immediate effect" to ensure "no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible."

It said their hand-washing and toilet facilities will remain open "wherever possible" but "seating areas and children's play areas will close."

In an email sent out to customers, McDonald's said: "Whilst it is safe to remain open, we want to do what we can to support those services working tirelessly to keep us all safe and well.

"From this week, in all UK restaurants we are offering all emergency services personnel, health and social care workers free drinks, on sight of their work pass.

"It is a small token of our appreciation for everything that these services are doing and we will continue to keep this under review as government and health authority guidance develops."

Fans of the food chain will be said to know it is also delaying the return of McDonald's Monopoly.

The review of the popular golden arches game is in light of the "broader implications" of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bosses said: "As we review the broader implications of the pandemic, we have taken the decision to delay this year's Monopoly promotion until we can be confident that customers can win, claim and redeem the prizes available.

"This year’s prizes include a number of luxury holidays, European city breaks and cruises which will have all been impacted by current and ongoing restrictions on international travel.

"Following conversations with our suppliers and prize partners, we feel it is appropriate to delay the promotion until later this year.

"I apologise for any disappointment caused by this update and I look forward to Monopoly returning to our restaurants as soon as possible."

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