McDonald's to keep entire estate open through lockdown

By James McAllister

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McDonald's to keep entire estate open through Coronavirus lockdown 2 30% off promotion

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McDonald's will keep all its restaurants in England open during the forthcoming November lockdown for takeaway, drive thru and delivery, with just its dine-in areas set to close.

CEO Paul Pomroy said that a number of 'significant' operational changes would be implemented in response to the Government's new lockdown announcement, but he confirmed the business would remain open throughout the entirety of the second national shutdown.

On Saturday (31 October), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that hospitality venues across England will close for a month from Thursday (5 October) under what he described as ‘tough new national measures’ that will effectively see the country plunged back into lockdown for at least a month.

Under the restrictions, all restaurants, pubs and bars in England must close, although takeaways and deliveries will be permitted.

During the first lockdown, McDonald's made the decision to cease all operations from 23 March, remaining closed for over a month before trialling some limited drive thru and delivery operations in May.

Changes set to be brought in across the fast food giant's estate for the second lockdown include fewer people working on each shift; a reduced menu, with some restaurants also operating on reduced hours; additional Perspex screens in kitchens and service areas; and additional safety, cleaning and PPE procedures.

The brand has also announced a 30% off promotional offer across its delivery menu from today (2 November) until Sunday 15 November.

The promotion will cover the first week of lockdown, and will be available to consumers ordering via the MyMcDonald’s app at all but 40 of McDonald's 1,300 UK sites.

Announcing its commitment to remaining open, Pomroy said: “We remain committed to enabling our people to come to work safely whilst we continue to serve the communities in which we operate.

“In some restaurants, our operating hours and services may vary. As always, we will keep you updated via the My McDonald’s App and our website.”

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