An American fast food chain is closing off seating at tables. Such measures are taken to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
On Monday, March 16, the company McDonald's urged all restaurants of its chain in the United States, operating under a franchise, to close spaces for visitors. Company-owned establishments, about 5% out of 14,000 McDonald's restaurants in the US alone, will be the first to be closed for leisure.
At the same time, restaurants do not stop their activities. Customers will still be able to buy their favorite dishes. That's just to do it will be either takeaway or without leaving the car. Standing in line at the checkout or sitting at tables in close proximity to other patrons is considered unsafe.
The McDonald's chain is one of the last companies in the fast food market, closing its establishments to visitors. Similar measures have already been introduced by popular networks such as Starbucks, Shake Shack and Chick-fil-A. Also, government agencies in different states impose restrictions on the work of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments where a congestion of visitors can form.
The same practice is carried out in other countries. All over the world, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, where gatherings of a large number of people are possible, are closed during this period. Social distancing is considered one of the factors that can stop the spread of a dangerous virus.
McDonald's management has also joined similar events and will do everything possible to prevent the transmission of the virus among restaurant customers. When the imposed restrictions will be suspended is not yet known. The company will be guided in making a decision on the current situation with the spread of the virus.