McDonald’s plans to reopen the majority of its restaurants for walk-in takeaway customers in England, Wales, North Ireland and Ireland from 22 February, following trials with new Covid-secure measures being carried out this week.

The fast-food chain voluntarily closed its restaurants to walk-in takeaway sales a month ago while it reviewed its safety measures to ensure they reflected the evolving nature of the pandemic.

Paul Pomroy, CEO, McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said a small number of changes were identified that could be made to enhance its procedures, which it is currently in the process of rolling out to restaurants.

“New safety measures being introduced include visors as well as face coverings for customer facing employees, revised guidance and processes for our couriers to support their safe working and enhanced processes for managing customer and courier flow in restaurants,” he said.

“Once again, we would like to thank our franchisees, managers and employees for their ongoing commitment in supporting and implementing all of our updated procedures. The wellbeing of our people, as well as our suppliers, couriers and our customers remains our top priority, and we are confident the new processes in place will further enhance our already robust safety measures,” added Pomroy.

Due to government restrictions, it is currently unable to reopen takeaway in Scotland.