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McDonald’s reopening six drive-thrus in Dublin

It hopes to have all outlets open again by the start of June.

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Cars queue at the McDonald’s drive-thru at the Artane Castle shopping centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Cars queue at the McDonald’s drive-thru at the Artane Castle shopping centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Cars queue at the McDonald’s drive-thru at the Artane Castle shopping centre in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

McDonald’s has reopened six of its restaurants in Dublin but only as drive-thrus.

The fast-food outlet plans to open all of its drive-thru services at outlets across the country by the start of June.

The first six outlets reopening in Dublin are at Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Rathfarnham, Kylemore Road, East Wall Road, Artane Castle Shopping Centre, Coolock Retail Park and on the Belgard Road in Tallaght.

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A McDonald’s employee among cars as they queue at a drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

A McDonald’s employee among cars as they queue at a drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

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A McDonald’s employee among cars as they queue at a drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

They will be open from 11am to 10pm from today.

It has been eight weeks since the business completely shut down operations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

McDonald’s said it is working with local authorities and gardai and “may determine that it is necessary to close drive-thru lanes if queues cause disruption at busier sites”.

It has also capped the spend per car to 30 euros and customers have been urged to pay by contactless methods wherever possible.

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Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

A number of safety measures have been introduced to ensure staff can comply with social distancing measures:

– Fewer people in the kitchen and service areas, serving a reduced menu over reduced hours;

– The use of contactless thermometers, with temperatures checked on arrival at work

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Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Staff wearing protective equipment (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Theresa Hyland leaving the McDonald’s drive-thru with an order (Brian Lawless/PA)

Theresa Hyland leaving the McDonald’s drive-thru with an order (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Theresa Hyland leaving the McDonald’s drive-thru with an order (Brian Lawless/PA)

– Perspex screens in key locations in the kitchen and service areas;

– Protective equipment for our people including gloves for customer and courier facing positions and face masks, but not the type needed by healthcare professionals;

– Additional training on cleanliness practices, including increased frequency of handwashing and extra sanitising of touch points around the restaurant.

Meanwhile, gardai said the reopening of the outlets led to traffic issues.

A Garda spokeswoman said cars had been moved on if they were causing an obstruction to traffic.

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