McDonald's announce big change amid coronavirus outbreak

McDonald's has announced a major change to its operations as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

The fast food giant says all of its restaurants in the UK will close seating areas and temporarily move to offering takeaway, drive-thru and delivery only amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The change will kick in from 5am on Wednesday (March 18). 

Its restaurants include in Mottram, Ashton town centre, Ashton's Snipe Retail Park, Denton, Gorton and several across Oldham. 

A statement reads: "In light of recent updates from UK and Irish governments, we are temporarily changing our operations to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and customers. 

"From 5am on Wednesday 18th March, all restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, Drive Thru and McDelivery only. 

"With immediate effect, all of our Drive Thrus and all McDelivery orders via Uber Eats and Just Eat will be contact-free, with no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible. 

"In these unprecedented times, our restaurants will continue to remain open for as long as it is safe to do so. Thank you once again for all your support in keeping one another safe. Visit for more information."

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