Certain McDonald's Drive-Thru outlets are reopening in Dublin next week
We've been craving a McFlurry for weeks.
The time is finally here - McDonald's is gradually starting to reopen some of its outlets in Ireland starting next week.
The first outlets to open will be the Drive-Thru locations in Dublin, followed by other locations nationwide.
McDonald's closed all of its outlets, including Drive-Thru and take-away, two months ago in an effort to keep its employees and customers safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have been working over those two months to organise operational procedures in a way that would allow their teams to return safely to work.
One of the changes that will be seen is a cap on Drive-Thru spending, which will be set at €30 per car.
The CEO of McDonald's UK and Ireland, Paul Pomroy, commented on the reopening:
"We will pilot reopening six Drive-Thru restaurants in the Dublin area on Wednesday, May 20, and we will confirm the locations next week.
"Moving in step with government guidelines, we plan to reopen all our Drive-Thrus by early June across the UK and Ireland."
The Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, welcomed the announcement:
"McDonald's is a valued key purchaser of Irish produce and an employer of a large number of people throughout Ireland. I therefore welcome today's announcement that McDonald's restaurants will begin a cautious reopening in Ireland from May 20 with a small number of restaurants opening as Drive-Thru only at first.
"The last couple of months have been undoubtedly tough, both economically and socially, but the recent announcement from Government on the phased reopening of the country offers reassurance and hope for brighter days ahead."
McDonald's is one of the largest purchasers of Irish beef, spending €163 million on beef just for export to its restaurants in the UK and Europe. According to McDonald's, its 95 restaurants contribute close to €200 million to the Irish economy.