Environment Secretary George Eustice said the drivers of the fast food chain were “made” for social distancing.
Asked if fast food could have been left open during the crisis, Mr. Eustice said: “Even if it is clear that restaurants and pubs had to close, we wanted to keep this capacity so we could prepare takeout for people. “
He suggested a reduction in downtown traffic, staff anxiety and an idea of what was “socially acceptable” since the message of staying at home had led to closings such as McDonald’s and KFC .
Eustice continued, “I think it is entirely possible that these sites will reopen and reopen safely, we never demanded that they be closed.
“We have learned a lot from supermarkets and other grocery stores on how to socialize and do it well.
“I think some of these living businesses will likely seek to learn from what the supermarkets have done as they plan to reopen temporarily. “
McDonald’s, however, is approaching the reopening of its restaurants with great caution and has said that branches will only start serving food to the public once it is sure it is done.
In a statement to buyers, Paul Pomroy, President and CEO of McDonald’s in the UK and Ireland, said: “On May 13, we will reopen 15 of our restaurants in the UK; it will be in a limited capacity with delivery only.
“The affected restaurants will be announced next week as we work by inviting our employees to return to work and helping our delivery partners prepare for our gradual return. “
He added: “As you know, McDonald’s already has high standards of cleanliness and routine cleaning of our restaurants has always been in place. We will increase the frequency of these procedures and provide all employees with up-to-date training on restaurant cleanliness and disinfection. All restaurants will be thoroughly cleaned before reopening. ”
The first fifteen branches are expected to open this Wednesday, May 13 and will only offer delivery.
The 15 McDonald’s stores reopening first for delivery are:
- Chelmsford riverside
- Chelmsford Westway
- Ipswich Cardinal Park
- Boreham interchange
- Luton leagrave
- Watford Hertfordshire Arms
- Chaul End Lane, Luton
- Beechings Road, Gillingham
- Sittingbourne Retail Park
- Gillingham Bowaters
- Luton george street
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Stores will offer a limited menu, and items will only be available to order through UberEats – not on the McDonald’s app at this time.
In a statement on the decision to only open stores in the South at this time, McDonadl’s said Manchester Evening News : “These 15 restaurants were chosen for their proximity to our distribution center as we slowly but safely seek to reopen our restaurants and restart our supply chain.
“Rest assured that we are working hard to reopen more restaurants in the UK and Ireland at the right time. “