McDonald’s is carrying out tests this week in preparation for reopening a number of sites, UK CEO Paul Pomroy has said.

Pomroy said the behind-closed-doors tests would explore social distancing measures for staff, Personal Protective Equipment options and opening in a “limited capacity.”

He said McDonald’s branches would only reopen once the company was “absolutely confident” it had taken the correct safety precautions.

In statement, Pomroy said: “Recently, we began working through a potential and limited reopening. We have been listening to our employees and customers as well as engaging with government and trade bodies to help ensure we do this responsibly, when the time is right.

“Restarting our business is not an easy task even when reopening in a limited capacity. We have set ourselves some key criteria for reopening, all of which take time – first and foremost ensuring the wellbeing of our people and creating the right environment for them to return to work; secondly ensuring we have enough supply of fresh produce; and finally working in-step with government guidelines to ensure the safety of our customers.

“This week we are carrying out some operational tests to explore what our reopening might look like; the restaurant where these tests take place will remain closed to the public. These tests will include exploring social distancing measures for our crew, PPE options and opening in a limited capacity. For now we remain closed, and will only reopen when we are absolutely confident we can have the right measures in place to ensure everyone’s wellbeing.”