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- The American fast food chain now requires all locations to require customers wear face masks.
- Other public health measures will also be implemented.
McDonald’s will now require customers to wear face masks or coverings when entering premises and ordering from one of their 14,000 nationwide restaurants starting on August 1.
“The latest science suggests droplets have the potential to stay in the air for extended periods of time, increasing the risk of virus spread, especially from asymptomatic carriers,” its press release read. “While nearly 82% of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers,” the fast food behemoth continued.
The American cultural icon is the latest chain store to require masks, with comparable outlets like Kroger, CVS, and Target mandating customers wear masks while on premises over the past few weeks.
Heretofore, McDonald’s had required employees to wear face masks as well as customers in some locations, but now extends the same rules to all franchises. Other new public health requirements include the implementation of protective divider panels to the front and back of the restaurant operations to keep guests and staff socially distant.
Before this happens, however, the chain will pause dining room operations for another 30 days to help reduce the transmission of the coronavirus from spreading in the restaurants. After this 30 day period, any dining room operating decision must be guided by state and local ordinances.
“For 65 years, protecting the safety and comfort of employees and customers has been core to who we are. The moment we’re in today provides another opportunity to set the standard and lead,” the statement concluded.
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