No eating in McDonald’s restaurants, but takeaway and drive-thru stays

Fast food giant McDonald’s has closed all of its restaurants in the UK and Ireland, but will continue takeaway, delivery and drive-thru services, in response to coronavirus guidance.

The temporary changes took effect from 5am on Wednesday, March 18.

McDonald’s currently has five restaurants in Lincoln including the one in the Cornhill. The other four are on Rope Walk, The Carlton Centre, Moorland Way and at Gateway Park on Newark Road.

No restaurants will offer dine-in or table service, but the McDonald’s app will continue to offer the opportunity to order and pay ahead for collection and drive-thru.

The children’s play areas will also close, but the restaurants will continue to remain open for as long as it is safe to do so.

With immediate effect, all of its Drive Thru, 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.

Toilets and handwashing facilities will remain open wherever possible. McDonald’s will also continue to implement its strengthened and detailed cleaning procedures in its restaurants and with its McDelivery partners.

From this week, all of its UK restaurants will also offer emergency services personnel, health and social care workers free drinks on sight of their work pass.

Additionally, McDonald’s also announced that it will delay this year’s Monopoly promotion until “we can be confident that customers can win, claim and redeem the prizes available”, which include a number of luxury holiday, European city breaks and cruises.

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