After being closed for eight weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, McDonald’s Ireland has announced that it’ll be reopening it’s Ireland stores next week – but at a slow pace.
“There has been an incredible response to news of our reopening and we know many of you are eager for us to extend our reopening at a faster pace,” CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, Paul Pomroy, wrote on their website. “The well-being of our employees, suppliers and delivery partners’ couriers is my top priority and we will only extend our plans at a pace that enables us to create a safe working environment for our teams.”
He mentions that updated government guidance in both the UK and Ireland allows takeaways and deliveries to operate. “I can today announce we will pilot reopening 6 Drive Thru restaurants in the Dublin area on Wednesday, 20th May and we will confirm the locations next week. In early June, we will then begin our next phases of reopening our Drive Thrus in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland. We will keep you updated as restaurants open in your area.”
This is how it will work:
From next Wednesday (20th May) spend in the McDonald’s Drive Thrus will be capped at €30 per car. People are also encouraged to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible.
McDonald’s has also intorduced other safety and well-being measures in their restaurants:
- Fewer people in the kitchen and service areas, serving a reduced menu over reduced hours;
- The use of contactless thermometers, with temperatures checked on arrival at work
- Perspex screens in key locations in the kitchen and service areas;
- Protective equipment for the people including gloves for customer and courier facing positions and face masks, but not the type needed by healthcare professionals;
- And additional training on cleanliness practices, including increased frequency of handwashing and extra sanitising of touch points around the restaurant
Pomroy also reminds people that the Drive Thrus won’t be as quick as you might be used to. “(…) we adjust to smaller teams and social distancing in our kitchens,” he said. “We expect there will be some queues for some of our busier sites and our restaurants will look different, with Perspex screens at our Drive Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment.”
He urges people to be supportive and patient with all of these measures put in place.
“As we get accustomed to the new processes and procedures, we will look to reopen more restaurants, for longer hours and reintroduce more menu items. But only when I am confident we can do so whilst maintaining the new procedures we have introduced for the protection of our people.”