Coronavirus: McDonald's to close all United Kingdom restaurants

Daniel Fowler
March 23, 2020

McDonald's have taken the decision to close all of their branches in Ireland and the United Kingdom due to ongoing public health concerns.

"However, Drive-thru and McDelivery service will still be available for those seeking convenient and affordable food options while they practice social distancing".

McDonald's Corp said on Sunday it would temporarily close all its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Monday evening because of the coronavirus outbreak.

"This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the wellbeing and safety of our employees in mind as well as the best interests of our customers".

Earlier, however, McDonald's United Kingdom said it was still open providing takeaways, drive-through, and delivery options while ensuring safe conditions for its employees, customers, and couriers.

McDonald's is closing all its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland starting on Monday evening, 23 March, over the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday.

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We thank our guests for their ongoing support of restaurant employees as they work hard to provide food to our communities at a time of need.

He continues: "I have been clear throughout this that we would only continue to operate whilst it was safe for our people and together with our franchisees, we feel now is the time to make this decision to temporarily close".

It comes after the government has ordered the closure of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other public places to curb the spread of the disease.

Primark announced it would be closing all 189 of its United Kingdom stores from Sunday evening, as the coronavirus pandemic causes further damage to the high street. Only hours previously its chief executive, James Daunt, had said the bookstore chain was "no different to a supermarket or a pharmacy" and would stay open during the coronavirus shutdown.

"We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can safely reopen".

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