McDonald’s postpones reopening plans as coronavirus cases rise

McDonald’s Corp. is pausing to reopen the dinner service in the US as coronavirus cases continue to spread across the states.

The hamburger giant said Wednesday it would wait three weeks before new US restaurants add a dinner service to its hawker, takeaway and delivery operations.

“Our resistance will be tested again. COVID-19 cases are on the rise, ”said a letter from the company of Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s in the US, and Mark Salebra, head of the owners’ association of the National Franchise Leadership Alliance, which was seen by The Wall Street Journal.

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Operators began offering limited dinner service in May, and about 2,200 of its 14,000 restaurants in the United States now allow customers to eat inside. Restaurant owners who started offering a dinner service can continue if their jurisdiction still allows it, according to the letter, but the company decided to halt additional openings as various state and local governments tighten social distancing regulations before the end. July 4th holiday weekend. .

More states, cities, and counties are slashing plans to reopen bars and restaurants due to an increase in virus cases. On Wednesday, California ordered 19 counties to stop allowing indoor dining and recreation for at least three weeks, as cases have grown rapidly in the most populated areas. Meanwhile, New York City delayed the indoor food service that was scheduled to resume on July 6.

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