How McDonald’s is changing in line with COVID rules

McDonald’s has announced its new opening hours in response to the government’s latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed tighter controls on restaurants earlier this week as infection rates continue to rise. Among the new rules was a compulsory closing time of 10pm.

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And McDonald’s, which has 1,300 branches open in the UK, is among the businesses affected.Chief executive Paul Pomroy said: “Six months ago today, we closed our UK and Ireland restaurants as the country faced the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Drive-thru lanes will remain open after 10pm (photo: Shutterstock)Drive-thru lanes will remain open after 10pm (photo: Shutterstock)
Drive-thru lanes will remain open after 10pm (photo: Shutterstock)

“Together with our franchisees, suppliers and brilliant restaurant teams we changed our operations, implemented new health and safety measures, test and trace procedures and social distancing and reopened slowly and safely throughout the summer.

“Today we have over 1,300 restaurants open, and this week’s announcement from the Prime Minister has led to a number of questions around which services we will be offering when and where.”

From September 24 McDonald’s has been operating as follows:

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• Between 5am and 10pm, customers can visit for takeaway, dine-in, Drive-thru and order McDelivery®through Uber Eats and Just Eat at participating locations

• Dine-in customers will continue to be served by table service, with numbers inside the restaurant managed to maintain social distancing

• Posters displayed at every restaurant will enable customers to register their visit and check-in via the NHS Test and Trace App

• Face coverings will continue to be required for employees and customers, except while seated in the dining area

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• After 10pm, Drive-thru lanes will remain open and McDelivery will continue to be available via Uber Eats and Just Eat at participating locations.

Local exemptions may apply.

Visit or download the company’s app for more information about the regulations.