Lovers of Big Macs and Happy Meals in Canterbury were able to get their hands on them for the first time since lockdown began as the local McDonald’s restaurants reopened today. In March, the fast food giant took the decision to close all its outlets nationwide due to the coronavirus outbreak, but has gradually been reopening premises as the lockdown lifts.
Only the Sturry Road drive-thru is currently operational and a limited menu is in place. While most common items are available, milkshakes and smoothies remain off the menu, and orders are restricted to a maximum of £25.
Sturry Road reopened at 11am today (Tuesday), and by 12:30pm queues of cars were already beginning to snake round the car park. Elsewhere in the country, hungry customers have waited over an hour in hot weather to be served and McDonald’s has warned it may have to consider shutting premises again if queues become unmanageable.
The moves to ease lockdown come as official figures report the UK death toll has soared past 50,000. While infection rates are decreasing, scientists are warning that returning to normal life too quickly increases the chance of a deadly second wave of the virus.