McDonald's To Pause Reopening Of Dine-In Services In US By 21 Days

By Dave Simpson
McDonald's To Pause Reopening Of Dine-In Services In US By 21 Days

McDonald's Corp plans to pause the reopening of its dine-in services in the United States by 21 days due to the rising number of coronavirus cases rise in the country, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The fast food chain, which saw a 30% dip in global sales in the first two months of the current quarter, has been hurt by the shut down of its restaurants.

During the coronavirus-induced lockdowns, fast food restaurants had to limit operations, leading to lower sales. Nearly 99% of McDonald's restaurants in the US remain open for drive through, delivery and take-out options.

"Resiliency Will Be Tested"

New coronavirus cases in the United States have been rising and several states at the centre of a new surge in infections have taken steps back from efforts to ease restrictions on businesses.

"Our resiliency will be tested again. COVID-19 cases are on the rise, with a 65% increase in infections over the last two weeks," McDonald's US president Joe Erlinger and head of the National Franchisee Leadership Alliance Mark Salebra said in the letter.

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