McDonald's, Subway, Nando's, Beshoff Bros, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks have all closed in Ireland due to COVID-19.
In a statement on its website, McDonald’s UK & Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said, "Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult, and therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23rd March."
Pomroy added, "We will continue to update you thorough our website, social media channels and email alerts in the coming weeks but in the meantime we thank you for your continued support and custom.
"Take care of one another in these unprecedented times, we look forward to seeing you again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen."
Subway's UK & Ireland country director Colin Hughes issued a statement saying, "We have taken the decision to authorise our franchise owners to close all their stores in the UK and Ireland, from 5pm, Monday 23 March…We'll be back with you as soon as we can."
A post on the Nando's Twitter page stated, "We have decided that the best course of action right now is to temporarily close our restaurants until further notice. We will keep you updated on our channels. We'll see you soon."
On Facebook, Beshoff Bros said, "We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our stores until further notice for any walk-in customers. You will still be able to order for delivery through UberEats or https://www.beshoffbros.orderyoyo.com."
On Twitter, Krispy Kreme Ireland stated, "We have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close all our Krispy Kreme shops as of 6pm, 23rd March, across the UK and Ireland for a little while…We look forward to opening our doors again to you when it is safe to do so.”
A post on the Starbucks Ireland Twitter page stated, "We're temporarily closing from Monday 23 March…We hope to welcome you back soon."
Meanwhile, Supermac's announced that it will close its restaurants from 7pm on Thursday March 26.
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