Big Macs delivered on food trucks, hand sanitizers at the entrance, and designated waiting areas for separate customers could become a feature of McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands if allowed to reopen.
In a lawsuit at a restaurant in the city of Arnhem, McDonald & # 39; s was looking for ways to maintain social distance when the coronavirus lock was released.
"We were trying to figure out how to protect our customers and employees while maintaining a restaurant atmosphere," McDonald & # 39; s Netherlands spokeswoman Eunice Koekkoek told Reuters.
"These are drastic changes, but we hope to make them so that customers don't notice them too much."
Restaurants, bars and other public places in the Netherlands have been closed since March 15th. As of Friday, 39,791 coronavirus cases with 4,893 deaths were confirmed.
But new infections have decreased and calls have been made to release the lock after the current date on May 19.
A decision to reopen restaurants and bars is expected around May 12, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte has ruled out a return to normal.
When they open again, they must keep customers and employees at least 1.5 meters apart to avoid a new wave of infection.
McDonald & # 39; s says it could introduce a table service that drives burgers and fries on trolleys to customers from which they can pick up their orders.
Other new functions would be hand washing stations at the entrance and a host behind a plastic screen that shows customers their place in line.
Many restaurant owners in the Netherlands fear that social distancing will simply get them out of business.
McDonald’s, however, expects the new facility to work in 180 major restaurants across the country’s 252 franchises.
"On average, we can serve around 66% of our normal number of customers," said Koekkoek.
"We do not expect the reopening to be allowed before June, but even then we will proceed step by step. Adjusting 180 restaurants is a big task."
Approximately three quarters of the 39,000 McDonald’s restaurants worldwide were operational as of Thursday, including almost all of the nearly 14,000 stores in the US where transit is common.
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