Yesterday (May 20), McDonald's opened six of their Dublin drive-thrus. A spokesperson has revealed when they plan on opening the rest of their drive-thrus in Ireland and the UK:
"McDonald’s aims to open all Drive-Thrus in Ireland and the UK in early June."
They added, "As employees and the business adapt to a new way of working, McDonald’s would like to thank customers for their continued support and patience."
As six Dublin drive-thrus opened yesterday, a number of health and safety measures were introduced, including:
- Spending at drive-thrus is to be limited at €30 per car.
- There will be fewer people in the kitchen and service areas, serving a reduced menu over reduced hours.
- The use of contactless thermometers, with temperatures of staff, checked on arrival at work.
- There will be perspex screens in key locations in the kitchen and service areas.
- There will be protective equipment for staff, including gloves for customer and courier facing positions and face masks.
- Additional training on cleanliness, including increased washing of hands and extra sanitising of areas around the restaurant.
The six restaurants that opened for drive-thru order and collection yesterday were Nutgrove, Kylemore Road, East Wall, Artane, Malahide Road and Tallaght.
Agricultural Minister Michael Creed welcomed the news. He said, "McDonald’s is a valued key purchaser of Irish produce and an employer of a large number of people throughout Ireland.
"I, therefore, welcome today’s announcement that McDonald’s restaurants will begin a cautious reopening in Ireland from May 20 with a small number of restaurants opening as Drive-Thru only at first."
"The last couple of months have been undoubtedly tough, both economically and socially, but the recent announcement from Government on the phased reopening of the country, offers reassurance and hope for brighter days ahead."
Those who visited McDonald's yesterday captured footage of the queues are spilling out onto the roads.