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McDonald’s reopens 33 drive-thrus but spending capped at £25 a car

The restaurant chain has 38 sites open for deliveries, drive-thrus or both.

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Cars queue at a reopened McDonald’s drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

Cars queue at a reopened McDonald’s drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

Cars queue at a reopened McDonald’s drive-thru (Brian Lawless/PA)

McDonald’s has reopened 33 restaurants for drive-thru customers after a successful trial for deliveries.

The sites, primarily in south-east England, opened at from 11am on Wednesday and are offering a limited menu with orders capped at £25 per car, the fast food chain said.

Contactless payment is also being encouraged.

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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)

Peterborough tops the list with six open for drive-thru business, Ipswich has four and Luton has three.

It means McDonald’s has 38 restaurants operating in the UK – 23 as drive-thru only, 10 offering deliveries and drive-thru, and five just serving online orders via apps.

Staff will be temperature checked before each shift and the number of workers on each site will be reduced to ensure social distancing, bosses added.

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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)

Perspex screens are installed at all drive-thru windows and staff will be given protective equipment, the company said.

It comes after rival Subway reopened all 600 stores in the UK for delivery and takeaway last week, along with openings from Burger King, Pret A Manger and Wagamama, among others.

McDonald’s previously called for customers to be “patient and supportive” of staff as sites reopen, warning that service “will not be as quick as you might be used to” as workers adjust to the changes.

Bosses hope to reopen all drive-thru operations over the next month.

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Some McDonald’s sites have already been open for deliveries (Nick Ansell/PA)

Some McDonald’s sites have already been open for deliveries (Nick Ansell/PA)

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Some McDonald’s sites have already been open for deliveries (Nick Ansell/PA)

On Tuesday, Wagamama revealed plans to reopen 67 restaurants for deliveries by the end of next month.

The pan-Asian restaurant chain launched a trial at five delivery kitchens earlier this month after being forced to shut its doors to customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It said it will rapidly expand its delivery service after “successful” trials in London and Leeds.

Pizza Express said it plans for 13 sites across London to offer delivery services from next week.

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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)

McDonald’s restaurant reopening list

Drive-Thru Only:
Ipswich – Ranelagh Road
Ipswich – Ravenswood
Ipswich – Whitehouse
Chelmsford – Regiment Business Park
Hounslow – Travellers Friend
Sutton – Oldfields Road
North Cheam – Worcester Park
Strood – Commercial Road
Rochester – Medway Valley Park
Herfordshire – Bushey
Staines – Two Rivers Retail Park
Staines – London Road
Peterborough – Bourges Boulevard
Peterborough – Boongate
Peterborough – Hampton
Peterborough – Morrisons, Lincoln Road
Peterborough – Eye Green
Peterborough – Glinton
Rochester – Medway City Estate
Bobbing – Sheppey Way
Dunstable – Luton Road
Luton Retail Park Gipsy Lane
Watford – Garston

Delivery And Drive-Thru:
Chelmsford – Riverside
Chelmsford – Westway
Ipswich – Cardinal Park
Boreham Interchange
Luton – Leagrave
Watford – Hertfordshire Arms
Luton – Chaul End Lane
Beechings Way
Sittingbourne Retail Park
Gillingham – Bowaters

Still Open For Delivery:
Tooting
Dalston
Welling
Harrow
Luton – George Street

Drive-Thru Reopenings in Ireland (all Dublin):
Nutgrove
Kylemore Road
East Wall
Artaine
Malahide Road
Tallaght

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