Fast food chain McDonald’s is to begin a phased reopening of restaurants in Ireland from next week, starting with a drive-through only service at six outlets in the Dublin area.
McDonald’s UK and Ireland chief executive Paul Pomroy said updated Government guidelines make it clear that takeaways and deliveries can operate, and that as such the six restaurants will open from May 20th.
He said the company would confirm the locations next week.
“Moving in step with government guidelines, we plan to reopen all our drive-throughs by early June across the UK and Ireland,” he said. “As locations reopen, you will be able to search for a location near you on our website.”
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said he welcomed the news. “McDonald’s is a valued key purchaser of Irish produce and an employer of a large number of people throughout Ireland,” he said.
“I therefore welcome today’s announcement that McDonald’s restaurants will begin a cautious reopening in Ireland from May 20th.
“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.”
Mr Pomroy said McDonald’s would cap spend at €30 per car and encouraged people to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible.
He also outlined a number of other safety measures being introduced in all restaurants, including having fewer people in the kitchen and service areas, and serving a reduced menu over reduced hours.