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How McDonald’s dine-in experience will change due to coronavirus

The company said the new procedures will apply to all 14,000 McDonald’s locations in the U.S.

A sign is displayed outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh.
Fast food giant McDonald’s says it will introduce several new safety standards once dine-in rooms reopen to protect customers and workers from the spread of the virus.
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As more businesses slowly reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear the customer and employee experience will be vastly different.

Fast food giant McDonald’s says it will introduce several new safety standards once dine-in rooms reopen to protect customers and workers from the spread of the virus.

The restaurant said it will close some seating and tables to encourage social distancing, and require employees to wear masks and gloves. When eating inside one of McDonald’s restaurants, employees will deliver food to a customer’s table in a double-folded bag.

McDonald’s said it will also clean restaurants more frequently. Play Places will remain closed and restaurants will modify “dine-in beverage procedures” to limit contact. Restaurants will also include signs to advise customers on proper social distancing.

“As our daily routines continue to evolve, we remain committed to safely serving you and our local neighborhoods around the country,” said McDonald’s USA president Joe Erlinger in a statement. ”We look forward to welcoming you back into our dining rooms, when the timing is right and with these extra precautions in place.”

The company said the new procedures will apply to all 14,000 McDonald’s locations in the U.S.

As states across the country begin to lift restrictions implemented to slow the spread of coronavirus, businesses are weighing the best approaches to safely reopen. Many businesses have instituted new procedures such as frequent cleanings and personal protective equipment for employees.