McDonald's Just Took This Major Step in Reopening Across the Country
Although McDonald's recently reported they're in no rush to reopen their dining halls, the process of reopening has already started. While their robust takeout and drive-thru sales had managed to keep the company from experiencing significant losses in sales during the pandemic (only a 5% dip in May compared to last year), the fast food giant just announced they have reopened dining halls at 1,000 of their locations. That's just over 7% of all of their locations in the United States. With the exception of a handful of locations which are closed for business, the remaining locations are still operating at drive-thru and takeout capacity only.
Most of the reopened dining halls are located in rural and suburban McDonald's locations, and decisions of what dining halls to reopen depends on the local state and county regulations as well as the comfort level of individual franchisees. We're currently noticing locations with open dining halls in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nevada, and more.
The reopened dining rooms are operating at a limited capacity, and with other major changes implemented for everyone's safety, as outlined in the company's reopening playbook. These include more frequent disinfection of tables and added protective panels and foot-pulls.
The restaurant chain is also set on slowly bringing back items to their currently reduced menu, and especially focused on bringing innovation to their breakfast items. However, it sounds like the menu won't be going back to the way it was before the pandemic. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest food and restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.