“A little update for you all”, McDonalds said on their social media channels.
In a statement released on their social media channels, McDonald’s CEO for UK and Ireland Paul Pomroy stated: “In March, we took the decision to temporarily close our restaurants in the UK and Ireland for the safety of our people and customers. Recently, we began working through a potential and limited reopening. We have been listening to our employees and customers as well as engaging with government and trade bodies to help ensure we do this responsibly, when the time is right.”
when mcdonalds re opens you better fucking believe they’re gonna need 3 uber eats drivers to carry my order to me
— 🧚🏽♂️ (@juustmolls) April 28, 2020
“Hurry up I’m dying for a Big Mac”, one Twitter user commented in response. “Do you need help with testing? I am available” reads another. Some shared their ideas about how a reopening may be possible in the future. “Well done McDonalds I think it would be safer if you did drive through [sic] only or delivery and gradually build up to takeaway”.
However many have expressed their concerns about reopening, particularly concerning employees. “Really hope you answer questions as a lot of your employees including myself have a lot of anxiety”, one staff member said on Twitter.
Hi Katie, we shared this update with restaurants, franchisees and via OurLounge yesterday. We will continue to keep you informed in advance through official channels, your franchisees, managers and through OurLounge as soon as we have confirmed plans.
— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) April 28, 2020
The statement addresses concerns and highlights the various elements that need to be in place before UK and Ireland stores may open their doors again. “Restarting our business is not an easy task even when reopening in a limited capacity. We have set ourselves some key criteria for reopening, all of which take time – first and foremost ensuring the wellbeing of our people and creating the right environment for them to return to work; secondly ensuring we have enough supply of fresh produce; and finally working in-step with goverment guidelines to ensure the safety of our customers.”
“What about the engineers that need to service, maintain and deal with the breakdowns of all the equipment in McDonald’s?”, one user said on Facebook. “It’s not just front line McDonald’s staff that need to be taken into consideration here. On a normal day many machines in McDonalds require a breakdown call for something or other, nevermind when everyone is running there after them being shut for so long”.
Not being funny but i am NOT risking my safety to serve some burgers🙃 it is not essential. Stay closed for the sake of your workers.
— scooch (@scoochh) April 28, 2020
The statement concludes by explaining that several tests are being carried out in one of their stores this week. “We are carrying out some operational tests to explore what our reopening might look like; the restaurant where these tests take place will remain closed to the public. These tests will include exploring social distancing measures for our crew, PPE options and opening in a limited capacity. For now we remain closed, and will only reopen when we are absolutely confident we can have the right measures in place to ensure everyone’s wellbeing.”
At this point McDonalds have not issued any further statement about the reopening of their UK and Ireland restaurants.