Video shows dozens queue for McDonald's after Wakefield restaurant reopens

Hundreds of people have already paid a visit to McDonald's in Wakefield, just an hour after the store reopened.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 12:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 12:34 pm

McDonald's was one of thousands of retailers to close its doors in March as part of the UK-wide lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.

But today, restaurants across Wakefield became some of the first to reopen to drive-thru customers.

Video from the chain's Snowhill store shows dozens of cars queuing for the drive-thru, just an hour after the restaurant reopened to customers.

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Hundreds of people have already paid a visit to McDonald's in Wakefield, just an hour after the store reopened.

A one way system has been implemented in the retail park car park, which also serves a number of shops, including Aldi and Iceland.

Pictures from Snowhill showed hundreds of people queuing to enjoy a cup of coffee when Costa coffee reopened last month.

A spokesperson for McDonald's said they were anticipating "high demand", and would close drive thru lanes if deemed necessary.

In a statement, the chain said: "Social distancing has been introduced in the kitchens and service areas to help create a safe working environment for restaurant teams.

"Perspex screens at Drive-Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment, as well as Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas in the restaurant and kitchen.

"All McDonald’s employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work and contactless thermometers will be used to take employee temperatures on arrival at work for every shift."

A £25 limit has been introduced on orders, and customers are also encouraged to order ahead using the My McDonald's App, and pay contactlessly where possible.

A limited menu is on offer, and stores will be open from 11am to 10pm only.