McDonald’s to stop dine-in expansion in the US

In a note to franchisees Wednesday, McDonald’s said operators who already reopened dining rooms are not mandated to back-track if local officials don’t require it.
  • Nusra Deputy Features Editor
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Fast-food chain McDonald’s has announced that it has paused the plan of reopening its restaurants for another three weeks.

It opened over over 1000 restaurants for dining with limited seating option but with spike in cases it has planned to halt re-opening.

In a note to franchisees Wednesday, McDonald’s said operators who already reopened dining rooms are not mandated to back-track if local officials don’t require it.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as needed to protect the safety of our employees and customers,” read the statement.

It also stressed to franchises to remain prudent about wearing masks and checking employee temperatures, among other company safety protocols. In McDonald’s 59-page dine-in reopening guide, the company asked operators to clean bathrooms every 30 minutes and digital kiosks after every order. It also suggested restaurants close public soda fountains or deploy staff members to monitor them, shared a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Additionally, there are new purchasing recommendations, like foot-pulls to allow customers to open bathrooms without using their hands. It listed automatic towel dispensers and touchless sinks as options, too. Employees are required to wear masks and gloves and restaurants to make face shields available for customers in jurisdictions requiring them.

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