McDonald's is making the bold move to reopen some of its locations for walk-in customers, but it's at restaurants in Roadchef service stations for takeaway and click-and-collect orders, so there'll be no sitting around chowing down on your french fries once you've picked up your order.
The big M has already opened all of its UK drive-thru restaurants with a limited menu and order cap of £25 to keep up with the insane levels of demand that have seen customers queuing for hours and the police having to get involved. The motorway service station locations will also be applying that order cap, as well as implementing social distancing measures like a one-way system, hand-sanitising stations, perspex screens at the tills, and protective gear for staff. Toilets and seating areas will remain closed, so keep an eye out for particularly large bushes on your way in. Paul Pomroy, McDonald's UK & Ireland chief executive, said:
"Starting on Wednesday 17 June, in 11 Roadchef service station locations, we will welcome motorway users back inside our restaurants for the first time since March. We're taking our time to get this right, reviewing our processes before we gradually roll-out to high streets, towns and city centres from 24th June onwards.
"I know that opening those doors will be incredibly satisfying for our restaurant teams, but it will also mean them getting used to the measures we have implemented to enable us to safely return."
The trial will kick off on June 17, and if it's successful, we'll see restaurants that aren't on the side of the motorway follow suit from June 24. Another reason to mark the date in your calendar is that it will see the return of breakfast menu items in a limited number of restaurants, so you can get your McMuffin and hash browns fix. [Sky News]
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