McDonalds announces plan to reopen for walk-in takeaway in Northern Ireland – Belfast Live

McDonald’s has announced that they plan to reopen their walk-in takeaway services for customers in Northern Ireland by the end of February.

In a statement shared on Monday, the company said that their ambition was the reopen the majority of their restaurants in Northern Ireland, for walk-in takeaways, from Monday, February 22.

The update comes as McDonald’s say they’ve introduced “new safety measures” in their restaurants.

These measures will be trailed at a small number of restaurants across the UK this week, with a plan to then reopen the majority of restaurants from the 22nd.

In a full statement, Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s CEO UK and Ireland, said:

“A month ago we made the voluntary decision to temporarily close walk-in Takeaway while we reviewed our safety measures to ensure they reflect the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working closely with third party safety expert NSF International, we identified a small number of changes to further enhance our procedures, and we are currently in the process of rolling these out to restaurants.

This week, a small number of our restaurants will trial reopening walk-in Takeaway with these enhancements in place, with the plan to reopen the majority of restaurants for walk-in Takeaway across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland from Monday February 22. Due to government restrictions, we are unable to reopen Takeaway in Scotland at this time

New safety measures being introduced include visors as well as face coverings for customer facing employees, revised guidance and processes for our couriers to support their safe working and enhanced processes for managing customer and courier flow in restaurants.           

“Once again, we would like to thank our franchisees, managers and employees for their ongoing commitment in supporting and implementing all of our updated procedures.

The wellbeing of our people, as well as our suppliers, couriers and our customers remains our top priority, and we are confident the new processes in place will further enhance our already robust safety measures.”