Coronavirus: McDonald's ditch dining in and switch to takeaway only

Northamptonshire restaurants close seating and children's play areas

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 10:36 am

All of Northamptonshire's McDonald's have become takeaway only in the battle to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

The iconic burger chain will scrap dine-in options, shut seating and close children's play areas, but toilets will remain open.

In a statement, McDonalds UK chief executive Paul Pomroy said: 'In the last 24 hours it has become clear that we need to temporarily change our operations to ensure the well-being of our employees and customers consistent with the Government's guidance on social distancing.

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"Therefore from 5am today (Wednesday March 18) all restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, Drive Thru and McDelivery® only."

"We will continue to implement our strengthened, detailed cleaning procedures both in our restaurants and with our McDelivery® partners to ensure we maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety. With immediate effect, all of our Drive Thrus and all McDelivery® orders via Uber Eats and Just Eat, will be contact-free, with no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible."

All Northamptonshire's McDonald's restaurants will be takeaway only