McDonald’s Closes Restaurants in the UK and Ireland
McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain has decided to close all establishments in the UK and Ireland, the company said announced on Twitter. McDonald’s restaurants stop working since March 23. The decision was made against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic; more than 4 thousand people were infected in the UK, more than 680 in Ireland.
McDonald’s notes that in the coming days the company will distribute the food and drinks remaining in restaurants with the help of local public associations. All employees of restaurants owned by the company will receive full payment for their planned business hours until April 5th. Franchisee networks will establish their own payment terms in accordance with local law and McDonald’s policies.
Restaurants around the world continue to work where « it is safe and appropriate to do, » according to the chain’s website. In China, McDonald’s has changed the way restaurants work and focused on contactless delivery. In restaurants owned by the corporation in the United States, employees received a two-week paid vacation from March 9. In some countries, McDonald’s provides free food and drink for healthcare workers.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in the world exceeded 307 thousand people, more than 13 thousand died.