CHICAGO – McDonald’s is halting its reopening plans, including the re-launch of the Die-in service, ahead of the July 4 holiday week in the United States due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases and increasing mobility.
A letter from McDonald’s president Joe Erlinger and NFL chairman Mark Selbra indicated that the chain would put an end to its three-week plan to reopen its dine-in.
In the letter, McDonald’s suggested its locations could already monitor local and state governments for reviewing any new guidelines for reopening their dining rooms so that they could return for a drive-through, delivery or take-out option.
McDonald’s may have the ability to reopen their dining rooms between individual states and cities as no larger federal lockdown order is in place, if the measures comply with local health orders.
“The emergence shows that no one is getting rid of the virus – even in rare cases. Going forward, we will monitor the situation and adjust as needed to protect the safety of our employees and customers, ”according to the letter.
McDonald’s unveiled plans to reopen its dining areas back in May. In addition to service changes, McDonald’s locations implemented measures to adjust social distances and required their masked staff.
The announcement from the fast-food chain comes as multiple regions across the country are trying to crack down on COVID-19 cases by further tightening lovedown restrictions. California Gov. Gavin News has ordered the closure of restaurants and restaurants in several counties this week due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
There have been more than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases every day in recent days in June. Dr. Anthony Fawcett warned Congress this week that the United States could kill 100,000 new COVID-19 cases every day if the situation does not improve.
“I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it’s going to be very annoying, I’ll assure you. Because when your outbreak occurs in one part of the country, even if they’re doing well in other parts of the country, they’re at risk,” Fawcett said.
“We can’t just focus on the areas that are growing the fastest, it’s putting the whole country at risk,” he noted.