Every UK McDonald’s To Close By 7PM Tonight

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, UK
Published 23.03.20

Every McDonald’s in the UK is set to close at 7pm tonight as the Coronavirus pandemic continues its stranglehold on the world.

Strange days are ahead of us and even though some people endeavour to live their lives as normal as possible, more people are angry at them and rules seem to be getting stricter to stop that happening.

With that, many businesses are closing indefinitely, and the UK McDonald’s chains have joined that list.

As of 7pm on the 23rd of March, McDonald’s will be closing their doors, having previously just closing off their seating areas.

In a statement, the fast food chain said:

This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the wellbeing and safety of our employees in mind as well as the best interests of our customers.

We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.

Thank you to our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time.

We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen“.

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Building on that, last night, 22nd of March, chief executive Paul Pomroy said:

Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult and therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March.

We have not taken this decision lightly and know that our restaurants have been playing an important role in the community providing hundreds of thousands of free drinks to frontline health and social workers and emergency services personnel.

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But I have been clear throughout this that we would only continue to operate whilst it was safe for our people and together with our franchisees, we feel now is the time to make this decision to temporarily close.

I want to thank every single one of our 135,000 employees. I am so proud of them all for adapting so quickly to a constantly evolving work environment, taking every step to keep our customers, couriers and teams safe and looking after each other so very well.

We can’t catch a bloody break, can we?

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