McDonald’s closes dining rooms due to the advance of the Delta variant in the United States

McDonald’s temporarily closed the indoor dining room at nearly all locations in the United States in early 2020, but it reopened by 70% last month.

The global hamburger chain said on July 28 that it was on track to open almost 100% before Labor Day (the first Monday in September in the US), barring a resurgence of Covid-19.

However, last week McDonald’s instructed its franchises on the steps they should take to re-close their dining rooms in areas where the Delta variant is beingspreading rapidly.

In Wednesday’s conference call, McDonald’s executives advised franchises to consider closing indoor seating in counties where Covid-19 cases exceed 250 per 100,000 people in an average of three weeks.

A McDonald’s franchise that operates out of multiple locations said it had to ban inside seating from multiple restaurants.

However, expected closures are lower than in spring 2020, when the pandemic first hit the US.

The self-service option, take-out and delivery helped fast-food sales rise this year despite dining room closures, but franchises told Reuters that sales grew more when indoor seating areas reopened. .

Leave a Comment