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McDonald’s Canada announces plan for transitioning back to take-out service

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30 McDonald's locations to test new health and safety measures before national roll-out

McDonald’s Canada announced its plan for welcoming guests back into its restaurants, beginning with the gradual reintroduction of take-out service. McDonald’s will reopen 30 locations across Canada outfitted with new protective measures and procedures, ahead of a national roll-out. (PHOTO: McDonald’s Canada)

TORONTO – On May 14, McDonald’s Canada announced its plan for welcoming guests back into its restaurants, beginning with the reintroduction of take-out service. This will begin with 30 restaurants that will test new protective measures and procedures that will be monitored and adapted for restaurants nationally.

Through a gradual transition period, additional locations will follow as the new measures are proven and as local health authorities allow.

“To keep our guests and hardworking employees safe, we’re approaching every stage of this transition gradually, beginning with enhanced safeguards in a small group of restaurants that we will test and learn from,” said Doug Fry, senior director, national operations, McDonald’s Canada, in a prepared statement. “We will continue to take the lead from all levels of government and local health authorities as we monitor and adapt what’s necessary in these test restaurants.”

The 30 test locations welcoming guests back in-restaurant for take-out service will start with the following measures in place:

  • Restaurants will re-open for take-out service in addition to remaining open for McDelivery, Curbside Service and Drive-Thru. Dining room and Play Places will remain closed.
  • Contact-free service will extend to in-restaurant take-out
  • There will be restaurant entrances and exits, with social distancing markings inside and out, for both guests and McDelivery drivers.
  • Every second register will be used in-restaurant and will be fitted with protective screens
  • High-touch areas will be sanitized including kiosks and washrooms, which will both be open.
  • Drink refills and reusable mugs will remain on hold, and condiment stations closed.
  • The number of guests permitted inside a restaurant at one time will be limited based on restaurant size.

According to a company statement, all restaurant employees will be provided disposable, non-medical masks, as well as gloves for those employees that handle cash and present guest orders, while adhering to handwashing procedures. Wellness checks will also be performed at the start of a shift for all restaurant employees.

“We are committed to providing Canadians with a safe environment and trusted source of quick and affordable meals at a time when so many other options are unavailable,” said John Betts, president and CEO, McDonald’s Canada. “As we prepare to welcome guests back into our restaurants, we will purposely ensure our transition back to take-out service happens at the right time in the right way. Our guests and our people expect that from us.”


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