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Reopening: McDonald’s will encourage contactless payment as it opens six of its drive-throughs next week. Photo: Frank McGrath

Reopening: McDonald’s will encourage contactless payment as it opens six of its drive-throughs next week. Photo: Frank McGrath

Reopening: McDonald’s will encourage contactless payment as it opens six of its drive-throughs next week. Photo: Frank McGrath

McDonald's is reopening half-a-dozen Dublin drive-through outlets next week.

The reopenings next Wednesday, will be the start of a phased opening of all of its Irish drive-throughs by early June. The Subway sandwich chain also said it has begun a phased reopening across the UK and Ireland which will see 25pc of outlets back in operation.

At McDonald's, the initial six drive-through locations, which will be named next week, will have a spending cap of €30 per car, and customers will be encouraged to pay by contactless methods.

The chief executive of McDonald's UK and Ireland, Paul Pomroy, said customers should not expect business as usual during the initial reopening phase.

"It will be different. Our service will not be as quick as you might be used to, as we adjust to smaller teams and social distancing in our kitchens. We expect there will be some queues for some of our busier sites and our restaurants will look different, with Perspex screens at drive-through windows and employees wearing protective equipment," he said.

McDonald's in Britain is reopening this week for deliveries only, starting with 15 pilot outlets in the south-east of England.

The Irish drive-throughs are the next stage in the fast food giant's phased reopening. The decision to reopen restaurants was backed by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, the chain said.

"McDonald's is a valued key purchaser of Irish produce and an employer of a large number of people throughout Ireland. I therefore welcome today's announcement," the minister said.

Meanwhile, Subway says it will also feature new social distancing and safety measures.

Irish Independent