The Golden Arches are getting ready to welcome people back. For everyone asking, “When will McDonald’s open again?” the answer appears to be very soon. The company announced its plan for reopening Canadian locations with new safety precautions.
In a May 14 news release, McDonald’s Canada confirmed that it will gradually start reintroducing takeout service, starting with 30 locations across the country. The company plans to learn from these test restaurants and adapt their approach accordingly.
Inside, customers will see new measures put in place to ensure the safety of both them and the restaurant staff.
These include dedicated entrances and exits, as well as floor markings for social distancing (which should be very familiar by now) for customers and delivery drivers. The number of guests allowed inside the restaurant will also be limited.
Only every second register will be open, and will be covered by a protective screen. Contactless service will still be the standard for takeout orders.
Employees will also make sure that high-traffic surfaces get extra sanitizing. That includes bathrooms, which will also be open to customers again.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to fill your own drink or get any extra ketchup, as self-serve fountain drinks and condiments will still be on hold.
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While these measures will only be introduced in 30 restaurants, McDonald’s will gradually expand takeout service to other restaurants based on the advice of local health authorities.
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During this reopening period, delivery, curbside pickup, and drive-thru services will also still be available.
“We will continue to take the lead from all levels of government and local health authorities as we monitor and adapt what's necessary in these test restaurants,” Doug Fry, Senior Director, National Operations, McDonald's Canada said in the company's announcement.
Tim Hortons also recently announced their reopening plan, stating that some of the changes that it would introduce would be made permanent.