McDonald’s said it will “support” social distancing in its kitchens – and staff will have their temperatures taken when they arrive to work – as it prepares to reopen 15 of its UK stores next week.
As revealed by FEJ last week, the chain recently undertook operational tests at an unknown restaurant location to model how its kitchens might look like as it gets restaurants back open under new conditions.
From 13 May, McDonald’s plans to reopen 15 of its restaurants for delivery only and all will abide by a new set of practices to make them work.
Among the new measures to keep kitchen staff safe, perspex screens and floor markings will be introduced in specific areas and additional protective equipment – including non-medical grade face masks – will be provided.
All employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and contactless thermometers will be used to take the temperature of staff members arriving for every shift.
It will return with much smaller teams in its restaurants and as a result it plans to offer a limited menu.
McDonald’s said this approach would support social distancing in its kitchens, while still providing many McDonald’s iconic menu items.
To reduce the complexities in its kitchens at menu changeover, it will temporarily not be serving breakfast.
As it reopens, it will explore ways in which to help its employees safely change over menus and said it will reintroduce its breakfast menu “as soon as we can”.
Additionally, all restaurants will be deep cleaned before reopening and routine cleaning procedures will be increased. All employees will receive updated training on restaurant cleanliness and sanitisation.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said last week’s controlled kitchen tests had proved to be a success and it has remained in contact with staff throughout.
“We sought the views of our employees as we worked through our reopening planning, to give us all confidence in the measures we are introducing to keep them safe. We understand everyone has been affected by this global crisis differently and therefore when it comes to returning to work, our people will be encouraged to make the right decision, based on their personal circumstances.”