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McDonald’s is a classic cheat meal that you can get in any city and the majority of towns. You can’t go in to eat at a restaurant during lockdown, but we can all indulge in a takeaway or two. Is McDonald’s open in lockdown? What about the DriveThru or Delivery?
Lockdown is in place across the UK for at least the whole of January.
The news was announced by Boris Johnson on Monday night after 58,784 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the UK in just 24 hours.
The numbers have continued to increase and Brits are bound to their homes unable to go out except for essential reasons or exercise.
This means even mingling with mates at a distance, browsing around the shops, and dining out are off-limits.
Food is a huge comfort to many of us and McDonald’s is arguably the most popular fast-food chain in the UK… Is McDonald’s open in lockdown?
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The Government website lists which businesses and venues are allowed to open and which must close.
Establishments that are allowed to stay open are deemed essential, and those that are closing are unessential.
Unessential businesses which are closed include but aren’t limited to:
- non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
- hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
- accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
- leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
- entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
- animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife centres)
- indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
- personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
- community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services
Is McDonalds open in lockdown?
McDonald’s is a hospitality venue because it is a restaurant that provides food, so it will be closed.
However, McDonald’s is allowed to stay open for drive-through and delivery.
You cannot go into the restaurant to order or to sit and eat.
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A statement on the McDonald’s site says: “It has become clear that we need to temporarily change our operations to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and customers consistent with the governments’ guidance on social distancing.
“All restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, Drive Thru and McDelivery only.
“No restaurants will offer dine-in or table service, but My McDonald’s App will continue to offer the opportunity to order and pay ahead for collection and Drive Thru.
“Toilets and handwashing facilities will remain open wherever possible but seating areas and children’s play areas will close.”
McDonald’s has also stated that it is strengthening its cleaning procedures in house and with the ‘McDelivery partners’ which includes Uber Eats and Just Eat.
If you decide to order food to be delivered to your home, this will be perfectly safe too.
The statement reads: “With immediate effect, all of our Drive Thrus and all McDelivery orders via Uber Eats and Just Eat, will be contact-free, with no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible.”
The McDonald’s Monopoly promotion is also going to be impacted by the restrictions.
The yearly event typically runs for 41 days and allows customers to win prizes by purchasing food items.
It was cancelled last summer and postponed until Spring 2021, and it has been postponed once more.
The McDonald’s site says: “As we review the broader implications of the pandemic, we have taken the decision to delay this year’s Monopoly promotion until we can be confident that customers can win, claim and redeem the prizes available.
“This year’s prizes include a number of luxury holidays, European city breaks and cruises which will have all been impacted by current and ongoing restrictions on international travel.
“Following conversations with our suppliers and prize partners, we feel it is appropriate to delay the promotion until later this year.
“I apologise for any disappointment caused by this update and I look forward to Monopoly returning to our restaurants as soon as possible.”
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