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McDonald’s closes all UK restaurants to protect staff


McDonalds is closing despite being allowed to stay open

Fast food chain McDonald’s will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK tonight despite takeaway food services being allowed to stay open under new coronavirus restrictions.

Previously, the fast food giant had only closed its seating areas but kept takeaway and drive-through services open.

McDonald’s said it wanted to protect the wellbeing of staff and customers.

McDonald’s employs about 135,000 people in the UK and said staff employed directly by the company would receive full pay for their scheduled hours until 5 April.

By that time it expects the government’s financial aid package, announced on Friday, to have kicked in, with staff paid 80% of their wages.

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