McDonald’s to reopen UK restaurants in May, reports say


McDonald’s plans to reopen its restaurants in the UK in mid-May, reports the Irish Farmers Journal.

The process will start slowly, with food only available via delivery or through drive-throughs.

The news comes after McDonald’s reopened some of its points of sale in France solely for driving.

The Irish Farmers Journal reports that the original plan would have closed restaurants until July, but that date has been brought forward.

McDonald’s closed its restaurants on March 23 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Big Macs May Be Coming Back

It had originally planned to continue serving take-out, delivery orders and car trips, but was completely closed to protect staff.

“It is not a decision that we take lightly, but a decision taken taking into account the well-being and safety of our employees as well as in the best interest of our customers”, explained at the time a communicated.

“We will be working with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink to our restaurants in the coming days. “

But since it closed, a number of competitors have again opened stores cautiously.

So far, KFC, Nandos, Five Guys, Pret and many others have all said that some branches will open to the public again.

However, all have placed heavy restrictions, including operating for delivery only or just near NHS sites.

In France, people queued for hours to order Big Macs again in one of the reopened restaurants.

To help ensure safety, staff were seen wearing face masks and refusing cash payments.

Out of 1,490 McDonald’s restaurants in France, only 30 of them reopened their service by car.


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