McDonald’s has confirmed it will begin to bring back eat-in from Monday (17 May), as lockdowns in England and Wales ease.

Taking a staggered approach, restaurants will reopen with table service only, and in some cases limited seating, to accommodate social distancing.

McDonald’s is encouraging customers to order via the My McDonald’s App where possible, meaning customers can order from their table and have their food brought to them.

All customers will be asked to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant, unless they are exempt.

Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK and Ireland CEO, said: “We have not had people dining-in for several months, so while we know our restaurant teams are incredibly excited to welcome customers back to our dine-in areas, we also want to give them time to adjust to the enhanced safety measures and procedures in place that will help protect our customers and our people.”

Acknowledging that it may take longer for a full return to normality, Pomroy added: “We appreciate that the measures in place mean the McDonald’s experience may be a little different to normal, and we are once again asking that our customers bear with us. Our customers’ patience and support has been fantastic as we have navigated various challenges over the last year, and that has been hugely appreciated by us all.”

McDonald’s in England and Wales will be following Scottish restaurants in allowing dine-in, and restaurants in Northern Ireland and Ireland will be following suit once regulations allow.