What changes has COVID-19 brought to McDonald’s

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, McDonald’s announced that it will be taking more precautions to protect its customers and employees inside its restaurants. What things are about to change?

This Friday, the popular fast-food restaurant announced that it will add three steps to its COVID-19 protection plan.

First, McDonald’s will be asking all US customers to put on masks when entering restaurants. This measure will begin to be implemented from August 1 at its more than 14,000 U.S. restaurants.

"While almost 82% of our restaurants are located in states or localities that require facial covers for both workers and customers today, it is important that we protect the safety of all employees and customers," the company said in a statement.

Those who walk into a restaurant without a face mask will be offered one and the company says it will help employees get "de-escalation training." 

The idea, according to McDonald's, is to help workers respond productively when customers are unwilling or unable to wear a mask.

As a second step, the company with the golden arches announced that it has developed a series of dividing panels, which will allow employees to attend to more orders, will allow more people to enter the branch, all of them complying with the guidelines for social distancing. 

Finally, as a third step, the new precautions at McDonald's also include a plan to postpone dine-in operations for another 30 days

Restaurants that have already reopened their dining rooms, however,  will not close again but will remain open.

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