McDonald’s said it was “keen” to knock 50% off the price of dine in food next month – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – with one condition.
The burger chain – which announced a string of price cuts starting today – has almost no restaurants open for people to eat in at the moment.
Just four locations are up and running for dine-in customers across the UK and Ireland, although plans are afoot to get more operating again.
And these plans sped up after Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Government was planning to pay for 50% of people’s meals – up to £10 a head – for anyone dining out on the first three days of the week in August.
McDonald’s UK chief executive Paul Pomroy said: “This is a fantastic boost for the sector and an initiative we are understandably keen to participate in. However, we are not yet open for dine-in.
“We are working to reopen our dine-in restaurants when we are confident we can adhere to the government guidance, which enables our teams to work and customers to visit safely.”
The news did spur McDonald’s on, however, speeding up its plans to see how it could get restaurants open for people eating in again.
“Following the announcement, we have reopened four restaurants across the UK and Ireland to test dine-in and will extend this pilot further in the Republic of Ireland this week so that we can quickly test the procedures and safety measures we will introduce to enable dine-in,” Pomroy said.
But that doesn’t mean it’s willing to sacrifice anyone’s health for the sake of a half price voucher.
“I have been clear throughout this crisis that we will only move forwards with the next stage of our reopening plans when we can do so safely – enabling our people to work safely and you to visit us safely,” he added.
“We will update on this in more detail later this week.”
Changes McDonald’s is looking at to make sure people can eat in restaurants again include:
- Table service only
- Reducing capacity by as much as 70% in some restaurants
- Orders from kiosks, the till or table using the My McDonald’s App for food to be brought to you
- Hand-sanitising stations
- Floor markings
- Perspex screens
- Cleaning touchpoints and seating areas more frequently