McDonald's customers were queuing around the block in parts of the region this afternoon to get one final drive-thru before the chain shuts down amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bosses announced on Sunday that it would close all of its sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 7pm on Monday- following concerns about maintaining safe social distancing.

Credit: Jim Steele

Pictures show large queues of cars waiting to be served at Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

McDonald's has approximately 1,300 restaurants in the UK and Ireland, and the decision will affect 135,000 staff members.