Could this be what ordering a Big Mac looks in the future? McDonald's unveils post-lockdown safety measures

Ordering a Big Mac could be very different when McDonald's reopen.
Ordering a Big Mac will look very different when McDonald's restaurants reopen. Credit: McDonald's

McDonald's has revealed its new safety measures to help keep customers and staff socially distanced when their restaurants reopen to dine-in customers.

The fast food giant announced it has reopened four of its restaurants for dine-in customers across the UK and Ireland to test safety procedures.

Hand-sanitising stations, floor markings and Perspex screens will be in restaurants with increased cleaning at touch-points and seating areas.

McDonald's staff will clean restaurant areas more regularly and wash their hands every 30 minutes. Credit: McDonald's

To enable social distancing, restaurants will reopen with table service only to reduce capacity by as much as 70% and fewer staff will work each day.

Restaurants will be deep cleaned before reopening and staff will clean equipment and surfaces more often, McDonald's said.

Team members will also be instructed to wash their hands every 30 minutes during shifts.

The fast food giant will encourage social distancing in their restaurants. Credit: McDonald's

Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK & Ireland chief executive, said: “We are working to reopen our dine-in restaurants when we are confident we can adhere to the government guidance, which enables our teams to work and customers to visit safely.”

The chain is said to be testing this week how to reopen outside seating areas with more details to be revealed later this week.

McDonald's will bring in social distancing measures in response to government guidelines.

It will also be reducing its meal prices, following the announcement last week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to slash VAT on food from 20% to 5% from July 15 until January 12.

On the Government’s ‘eat out to help out’ scheme, which offers 50% off dine-in bills up to £10 from Monday to Wednesday during August, Mr Pomroy said: “This is a fantastic boost for the sector and an initiative we are understandably keen to participate in.

“However, we are not yet open for dine-in.”

McDonald’s was forced to shut its restaurants across the UK amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

Last month, it reopened more than 1,000 drive-thru under plans for a gradual restarting of its operations.