McDonalds UK has closed all seating areas in its restaurants as of 5am this morning in response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

All sites will remove dine-in and table service, and will instead move to being takeaway, drive thru and McDelivery only.

The My McDonald’s app will continue to operate, offering consumers the chance to order and pay ahead for collection and drive thru.

Drive thru and McDelivery orders via Uber Eats and Just Eat will be contact-free with immediate effect, mitigating contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible.

“The wellbeing of our employees, customers and suppliers remains of the greatest importance to us and these changes are designed with you all in mind,” said Paul Pomroy, McDonalds UK and Ireland CEO. “We have not taken this decision lightly and will continue to review this over the coming days.”

The Monopoly promotion will also be suspended until further notice, and all UK restaurants will be offering emergency services personal, health and social care workers free drinks in the next coming weeks.