McDonald’s has responded to online rumors that the fast food chain is expected to reopen “in a few days”.
The company closed its doors to customers across the UK and Ireland at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 23 – moments before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an initial three-week lockout.
Since then, various rumors have surfaced on Facebook and Twitter to suggest that the chain will reopen soon – many of which use the opening as an April Fool’s stuffing.
However, in a statement posted on their Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday evening (April 1), a spokesperson for McDonald’s UK said: “Many people are coming into contact with a certain message circulating this evening.
“This is wrong, we will not reopen next week and any official announcement would come from this page and spell the name of the brand correctly …”
Many people come into contact with a certain station that is circulating this evening. This is wrong, we will not reopen next week and any official announcement would come from this page and spell the name of the brand correctly …
– McDonald’s UK (@McDonaldsUK) April 1, 2020
Like other food and retail chains – McDonald’s remains closed “indefinitely” following government advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Earlier this week, new ads were released by the government to remind people to stay indoors and only leave to buy food and medicine, or go to work “if they have to” .
Anyone can spread the #coronavirus.
Stop the spread. Stay at home. # StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/SlCmVfiQGU
– GOV UK (@GOVUK) March 30, 2020
Coronavirus: the facts by the World Health Organization and the NHS
What is coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can affect the lungs and respiratory tract. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What caused the coronavirus?
The epidemic started in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and the virus, like others of its kind, is believed to have come from animals.
How does it spread?
As it is a new disease, experts still do not know how it spreads. But, similar viruses spread in droplets of cough.
Therefore, it is advisable to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and immediately get rid of tissues. Viruses like the coronavirus cannot live long outside the body.
What are the symptoms?
The NHS states that the symptoms are: dry cough, high temperature, and shortness of breath – but these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have the disease. Look for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sore throat.
It is important to remember that some people may be infected but will not develop any symptoms or will not feel well.
What precautions can be taken?
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. The NHS also recommends covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; immediately put the tissues in the trash and try to avoid close contact with sick people. Also avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.
On Monday March 23, the Prime Minister locked the United Kingdom and ordered all citizens to stay at home.
People can only leave their homes to exercise once a day, shop for food and medicine, travel for medical needs or to care for a vulnerable person, and go to work only when essential . The police may apply these restrictions.
All non-essential stores will close with immediate effect, as will playgrounds, places of worship and libraries.
Large events or gatherings of more than two people cannot take place, including weddings and celebrations.
Funerals can only be attended by the immediate family. Children of separated parents can go between the houses of both parents.
Anyone with symptoms of cough or cold should stay away from their entire household for 14 days.
The government has now ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, theaters and non-essential businesses and will conduct a review on a monthly basis. Schools closed from Friday, March 20 for the foreseeable future and exams have been canceled.
People over 70 or anyone who is vulnerable or living with an underlying disease is advised to be very careful and stay at home to isolate themselves.
People with serious underlying health conditions will be contacted and strongly advised to undertake “shielding” for 12 weeks.
For more information on government advice, see their website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Should I avoid public places?
You must now avoid public places and all non-essential travel. Travel abroad is also not recommended for the next 30 days at least, and many European countries have closed their borders.
What should I do if I don’t feel well?
Do not go to your general practitioner but rather look online at the coronavirus service which can tell you if you need medical help and what to do next: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. Call 111 only if you cannot get help online.
When to call NHS 111
Call only NHS 111 if you cannot get help online and you feel very bad. This should be used if you feel extremely sick with symptoms of coronavirus.
If you have been in a country at high risk for coronavirus in the past 14 days or if you have been in close contact with someone infected with the virus, please use the online service.