McDonald’s to reopen: Here’s what’s happening at the six York restaurants

27 May 2020 @ 4.21 pm
| Food & drink

Big Mac fans, rejoice. McDonald’s will be opening their restaurants again from next week.

The fast food chain says all of its restaurants will have reopened by 4 June, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery.

They will have a series of safety measures in place and serve a limited menu (see below).

It follows the successful opening of 44 pilot branches.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “Over the last fortnight, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland to enjoy the return of the Big Mac.

“With fewer employees working in our kitchens and service areas, our teams will still need your patience and support as they continue to adjust to the new ways of working.”

York plans

McDonald’s York franchisee John Atherton in the Blake Street restaurant. Photographs: YorkMix

The six York McDonald’s restaurants are run by John Atherton.

To manage demand, he said the exact day of reopening will only be revealed on the same morning.

The city centre branch on Blake Street will reopen by Thursday 4 June for delivery only. It will be open from 11am to 10pm.

These four restaurants will reopen by Thursday, 4 June for drive-thru only, again from 11am to 10pm:

  • Monks Cross
  • Clifton Moor
  • Bilborough and 
  • Poppleton.

John doesn’t have a date yet for the restaurant at York Designer Outlet.

“In the last week, on occasion, we have taken the decision to close drive thru lanes where demand has impacted local communities or the safety of our people or customers,” the McDonald’s spokesperson said. 

“We will continue to work with local authorities and the police as we extend our reopening plans.”

Safety measures:

  • Capped spend in Drive Thrus at £25 per car and customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible.
  • Perspex screens at Drive Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment, as well as Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas in the restaurant and kitchen.
  • All McDonald’s employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and the company will use contactless thermometers with temperatures taken on arrival at work for every shift.
  • Social distancing has been introduced in the kitchens and service areas to help create a safe working environment for restaurant teams.
  • Restaurants will return with smaller teams, offering a limited menu.

Main Menu:
Double Cheeseburger
Big Mac
Quarter Pounder with Cheese
McChicken Sandwich
Chicken McNuggets
Chicken Selects
Veggie Dippers
Vegetable Deluxe

Sides & Desserts:
Mozzarella Dippers
Core McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)
Fruit Bag

Diet Coke
Coke Zero
Black Coffee
White Coffee
Flat White
Orange Juice
Fruit Shoot

Happy Meals:
Happy Meal – Hamburger
Happy Meal – Cheeseburger
Happy Meal – 4 Nuggets
Happy Meal – Veggie Dippers