McDonald’s will keep its entire estate open for takeaway, drive thru and delivery from Thursday, with just its dine-in areas set to close.

During the first lockdown, the fast-food giant made the decision to cease all operations from 23 March, remaining closed for over a month before trialling some limited drive thru and delivery operations in May.

However, this time round CEO Paul Pomroy has announced that having introduced a number of “significant” changes over the last seven months and more recently in response to Saturday’s announcement, the business will remain open throughout the entirety of the second national lockdown.

Changes include fewer people working on each shift, perspex screens in kitchens and service areas, reduced menus and reduced hours as well as additional safety, cleaning and PPE procedures.

The brand has also announced a 30% off promotional offer across its delivery menu from today (2 November) until Sunday 15 November.

The promotion will cover the first week of lockdown, and will be available to consumers ordering via the MyMcDonald’s app.

Announcing its commitment to remaining open, Pomroy said: “We remain committed to enabling our people to come to work safely whilst we continue to serve the communities in which we operate.

“In some restaurants, our operating hours and services may vary. As always, we will keep you updated via the My McDonald’s App and our website.”