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McDonald’s In The UK Set To Shut Down Because of Coronavirus

PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 19: Two members of the public make their way into a McDonald’s restaurant that will only be offering takeaways due to the Coronavirus on March 19, 2020 in Plymouth, United Kingdom. Coronavirus (Covid-19) has spread to over 176 countries, claiming nearly 9,000 lives and infecting over 219,000. There are currently 2,626 diagnosed cases in the UK and 104 deaths. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is set to close down all of its outlets in the Uk indefinitely by 7 pm on Monday due to the outbreak of  Coronavirus across many states.

The chain of  McDonald’s restaurants in the UK had initially closed its seating areas within the restaurant for safety purposes but still offered, take away and drive-through services.

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Following the spread of the virus among various citizens in the UK,   the company has revealed that it would be shutting down all form of services until further notice. The company took to its Twitter page to offer a statement.

The statement reads:

 “This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the well being and safety of our employees in, mind as well as the best interests of our customers. We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days. Thank you to our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time. We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen.”

In a motion to buttress the statement released, The chief executive of McDonald’s restaurant Paul Pomroy said:

“Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and drive-through restaurants is increasingly difficult and therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7 pm on Monday 23 March.

In aiding the health personnel offering their services to the virus-infected patients, the company had initially been giving free drinks to the medical personnel in emergency services, health, and social care workers when they come into the establishment with a show of their i.D. But now leading to the closeup that would come to a close too.

Pomroy added:

 “We have not taken this decision lightly and know that our restaurants have been playing an important role in the community providing hundreds of thousands of free drinks to frontline health and social workers and emergency services personnel. But I have been clear throughout this that we would only continue to operate whilst it was safe for our people and together with our franchisees, we feel now is the time to make this decision to temporarily close.”

According to reports, a total of 5,683 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK. A rise of over 660 cases in a day.

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