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Diners Are Not Happy About This Latest McDonald's Announcement

It's not the best news, but at least there's a good solution.

You'll have to wait a little longer to step foot in the Golden Arches again. Although McDonald's has slowly reopened restaurants across the country since mid-June, the fast-food chain was keeping up a steady pace to open all of their nearly 14,000 units in the U.S. However, that plan has taken a sharp turn.

On Wednesday, July 1st, McDonald's announced that the company would be halting its reopening process for at least three more weeks. "Keeping with our thoughtful approach to reopening, effective today, we are pausing all dine-in reopening plans for 21 days," company leaders wrote in a letter viewed by Nation's Restaurant News.

According to NRN, the Golden Arches has already reopened dining rooms in 2,200 restaurants, which is about 15% of the chain's total units.

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While McDonald's won't be forcing the already-reopened restaurants to close, NRN reports that McDonald's USA President Joe Erlinger and franchise leader Mark Salebra, said that franchises with reopened dining rooms "should carefully review any new guidance" from state and local government officials that may require the rolling back of dine-in due to COVID-19 escalations.

This rollback comes on the tail of California Governor Gavin Newsom's July 1st order to close indoor dining in 19 counties where coronavirus cases have spiked, including Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Orange counties. California now joins the list of 7 States Where Restaurant Reopenings Have Paused Or Reversed Indefinitely due to spikes in COVID.

While diners are rightfully disappointed that McDonald's won't be serving them a McMuffin indoors, they can take solace in knowing that McDonald's is making the health and safety of their customers a top priority.

Although dine-in operations must follow strict health and safety guidelines, there are still horrifying mistakes servers have seen at reopened restaurants that have been putting diners at risk. Plus, bars and restaurants are now being considered a serious source of COVID transmission as the number of cases rises among young people, according to The Wall Street Journal.

You may have to wait until three weeks until you can witness the 8 New Things You'll See at McDonald's When It Reopens, but until then, the drive-thru is still open for your fast food cravings.

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Olivia Tarantino
Olivia Tarantino is the Managing Editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in nutrition, health, and food product coverage. Read more about Olivia
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