Starting August 1, McDonald’s will require all customers to wear face coverings or masks while placing in-store orders.
In a press release, the company explained that “while nearly 82% of their restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today,” they’ve extended this policy “based decisions on our top priority: protecting the health and well-being of our and our franchisees’ employees and customers.”
“The latest science suggests droplets have the potential to stay in the air for extended periods of time, increasing the risk of virus spread, especially from asymptomatic carriers. As a result, the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reiterates face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
In addition to the new requirement, all locations will be adding protective panels to the front and back of house and will keep dining rooms closed for another 30 days.