McDonald's to close all Irish restaurants by Monday evening

McDonald's closing statement

McDonald’s closing statement

First the pubs, now the takeaways.

In China, the epicenter of the virus, McDonald's has reopened 95% of its restaurants, Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski said on Friday.

Customers are only allowed to use the drive-thru and takeaway facilities, with seating areas having been shut down five days ago.

McDonald's has about 135,000 employees in the UK.

Other food retailers have also shut down operations in Britain.

Restaurant chains that have closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak include Pizza Express, TGI Fridays and Bill's.

It was announced recently that the restaurant chain would act as a take-away only with McDelivery still available. Papa Johns International Inc said yesterday that it will hire 20,000 workers as U.S. customers order pizza delivery - now with "zero contact" between driver and customer - while isolating themselves at home.

Another added: "Just went past a McDonalds and the queue for the drive thru is proper out onto a main road like no joke a 50 vehicle queue!" Its 16,000 workers, many of whom earn minimum wage, will be paid in full over the next eight weeks.

Sandwich shop Subway followed suit, announcing it would close all its Irish and United Kingdom shops at 5pm yesterday.

"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".

"We believe this is the best thing to help support social distancing and keep everyone as healthy as possible for as long as possible", said a Subway spokesman.

"We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to open". The company expects the government's financial aid package to have kicked in by that time, in which staff will be paid 80 percent of their wages.

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