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  • Oliver Hodgson

McDonald's confirm 15 restaurants will open later this month

In a statement sent out to customers and their staff Mr Paul Pomroy - Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK and Ireland spoke about the measures to be put in place.

Paul said "In March we took the decision to temporarily close our restaurants in the UK and Ireland for the safety of our employees and customers. Recently, we began working through potential and limited reopening and I wanted to share with you an update that we shared with our franchisees and 135,000 employees earlier today."

"As part of our reopening planning, we have been listening to you and our employees, and we have worked closely with UK and Irish governments and trade bodies to help ensure we do this responsibly. We have deliberately taken our time, we want to get this right.  "

"We sought the views of our employees as we worked through our reopening planning, to give us all confidence in the measures we are introducing to keep them safe. We understand everyone has been affected by this global crisis differently and therefore when it comes to returning to work, our people will be encouraged to make the right decision, based on their personal circumstances."

"This week we have been running controlled tests to explore the safest way to reopen our restaurants.  To give us all confidence in the new operational measures we are introducing to keep you and our employees safe, we asked our employees for their thoughts, have incorporated much of their feedback and will continue to listen and learn. The tests have proven successful and I will outline the ways in which we will slowly, but safely, begin to resume serving McDonald’s customers again."

"On May 13th, we will reopen 15 of our restaurants in the UK; this will be in a limited capacity with delivery only.  The restaurants involved will be announced next week as we work through inviting our employees back to work and supporting our delivery partners to prepare for our gradual return.  "

"As you know, McDonald’s already has high standards for cleanliness and routine cleaning of our restaurants has always been in place.  We will increase how often these procedures are completed and provide all employees with updated training on restaurant cleanliness and sanitisation. All restaurants will be deep cleaned before reopening."

"We will introduce the following measures to help keep our people safe;

· Perspex screens and floor markings will be introduced in specific areas

·  We will provide additional protective equipment including non-medical grade face masks

·  All employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and we will use contactless thermometers with temperatures taken on arrival at work for every shift

·  We will also be introducing social distancing measures for all of our delivery and service partners."

It is still unknown as to when the Whitehaven branch will open.

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