Calls for any potential reopening of McDonald's drive-thrus in Cork to be properly planned

Calls for any potential reopening of McDonald's drive-thrus in Cork to be properly planned
McDonald's in Douglas

Caution has been urged ahead of any potential reopening of McDonald’s drive-thrus in Cork.

Labour Local Area Representative Peter Horgan has made the calls following lengthy queues outside some Dublin branches that reopened today.

Gardaí had to be called to manage the chaos at the Kylemore Road drive thru in Dublin.

“No-one wants to be the guy who says don’t have a Big Mac but if you look at the chaos that has taken place in Dublin today with the reopening of drive-thrus and the long queues that were in Cork, especially in Douglas, the night it closed, there needs to be more planning put in place before Cork drive-thrus can reopen,” Mr Horgan said.

Queues for McDonald's Drive-Thru in Turners Cross in late March, prior to closing during the Covid-19 pandemic.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Queues for McDonald's Drive-Thru in Turners Cross in late March, prior to closing during the Covid-19 pandemic.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“Restaurants and takeaways in Cork have been innovative and forward thinking in staying active during the Covid-19 restrictions and I would hate for any negative situation impacting on the industry as a whole. Let’s support workers returning to work in a safe manner but let’s be confident that undue stress isn’t put on our Gardaí to direct traffic,” he added.

Six restaurants opened in Dublin for drive thru services today with a limited menu.

Protective screens at windows, contactless payments, and face coverings for staff are some of the additional measures put in place to protect staff and customers.

It’s not yet been confirmed if or when restaurants in Cork will be reopened.

The company state on their website: “Slowly, but safely we will return to towns and cities across Ireland. Thank you for your continued support as we work through this crisis.”

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