COVID-19, McDonald's near to responders and medical staff: opened points to guarantee a hot meal

With an official communication, McDonald’s restaurants in the US are open to guarantee a hot meal to healthcare workers, first responders, medical suppliers, truck drivers, grocery store staff, pharmacy employees and anyone else who has to work during COVID-19 emergency.

Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald US launched many updates these weeks regarding the development of COVID-19 throughout the country. In one of his last communications, he declared that every McDonald’s restaurant will remain open to support responders, medical staff, and anyone else is working in this difficult period.

Here is an abstract of his note:

“In unprecedented times like this, we believe it’s essential not to take anything for granted – even the
little things. As the majority of America is staying home, we know there still are many heroes who are
depending upon us for a meal. That’s why McDonald’s restaurants across the country are staying open
to safely serve our communities and those who are on the frontlines to help all of us get through this,
including healthcare workers, first responders, medical suppliers, truck drivers, grocery store staff, and
pharmacy employees. Nearly all McDonald’s U.S. restaurants remain open and are offering convenient
and contactless ways for you to enjoy our food through drive-thru, carry out, McDelivery, and mobile
order & pay with our app.

With the safety and well-being of all Americans in mind, we are proactively implementing additional
procedures based upon the expert guidance of health authorities. In partnership with our franchisees,
we are continuously making changes to our restaurant operations to serve food safely and
conveniently, including:
– Daily wellness checks for employees including plans to make thermometers available to all
– Sending non-medical-grade masks to the areas of greatest need
– Making gloves available to crew members, in addition to rigorous hand washing routines
– Installing protective barriers and social distancing decals within some restaurants to further
minimize contact
– Increasing the cleaning of high-touch surfaces
– Closing many of our dine-in sections and all play areas

I’m also proud of how McDonald’s franchisees have stepped up to support their communities during
these challenging times. Across the country, many of our franchisees are offering free meals for
medical professionals and Happy Meals to school-age children who need breakfast and lunch, while
also working with our suppliers and distribution centers to donate food to local charities across the
country. You can read more about their efforts here.”

Chris KempczinskiIs, President and CEO of McDonald’s declared that the franchise is prioritizing health, safety and community like never before during COVID-19 spread. The help that McDonald is giving to everyone standing against the coronavirus is remarkable and important, without letting the health of employees apart. Read more

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