Its restaurants have been closed since March in the interest of the safety of staff and customers.
‘When the time is right’
In a statement, Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s CEO in the UK and Ireland, said: “We have been listening to our employees and customers as well as engaging with government and trade bodies in the UK and Ireland to help ensure we do this responsibly, when the time is right.”
He stated that there are a number of criteria that has to be met before they can re-open, such as the wellbeing of staff, ensuring the supply of fresh ingredients and adhering to government guidelines. Testing is underway to see if it can be done successfully.
“These tests will include exploring social distancing measures for our crew, PPE options and opening in a limited capacity.”
“For now we remain closed, and will only reopen when we are absolutely confident we can have the right measures in place to ensure everyone’s wellbeing,” Pomroy concluded.