McDonald's begins reopening restaurants for dine-in customers as it tests safety procedures

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  • July 14, 2020
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McDonald’s has announced it has reopened four of its restaurants for dine-in customers across the UK and Ireland to test safety procedures.

The fast food giant said the move will see restaurants reopen with table service only, reducing capacity by as much as 70 per cent to enable social distancing.

Hand-sanitising stations, floor markings and Perspex screens will be in restaurants with increased cleaning at ‘touchpoints’ and seating areas.

The chain is said to be testing this week how to reopen outside seating areas with more details to be revealed later this week.

It will also be reducing its meal prices, following the announcement last week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to slash VAT on food from 20 per cent to 5 per cent from July 15 until January 12.

McDonald’s was forced to shut its restaurants across the UK amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

Last month, it reopened more than 1,000 drive-thru under plans for a gradual restarting of its operations.