Sunderland McDonald’s closes restaurant and switches to drive-thru and delivery service only as cases rise
A Sunderland McDonald’s branch has closed its restaurant area and switched to drive-thru and deliveries only as coronavirus cases increase in the city.
The fast-food chain’s Farringdon branch in North Moor Road remains open for business, but food cannot be bought on foot or eaten on the premises under “safety measures”.
Customers have only had the option to “dine in” since the end of July and now it appears it has been removed again until further notice.
A notice posted in the window of the branch said: “Due to safety measures for our employees and customers, we will be operating deliveries and drive-thru only. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
It comes after Sunderland was placed on the Government’s watch list as an ‘area of enhanced support’ following a rise in coronavirus cases in the city.
Some pubs and restaurants have seen closures after staff and customers tested positive for the illness.
A member of staff at the Surtees Road McDonald’s in Peterlee tested positive for Covid-19 last week and is currently self-isolating – with a deep clean of the premises taking place and all employees contacted.
Among the most recent closures is The Rabbit in Sunderland city centre becoming the most recently affected after a customer who should have been self-isolating visiting on Saturday, September 12. The bar is taking steps to ensure it is safe to reopen soon.
There have been 2,192 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sunderland as of around 4pm on Saturday, September 12 with city leaders warning that local lockdown restrictions could be imposted if the virus is not brought under control.