McDonald's to require masks at all US restaurant locations

McDonald's to require masks at all US restaurant locations”

McDonald's Corp. joins a parade of companies issuing mask mandates for its customers in the last week or so, including Walmart, Target, and Kohl's.

(Gray News) - Customers at McDonald's are going to have to wear face masks when they go inside the burger chain, starting next month.

Guests at USA restaurants won't be allowed to enter without wearing a face covering as of August 1, McDonald's announced Friday, joining many other companies, as well as governments, in mandating the use of masks in some form.

McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, said that 82% of its restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both employees and customers.

Because face masks and other precautions have become a subject of contention in the US, the restaurant chain says it will help employees get "de-escalation training".

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Iconic fast-food chain McDonald's announced this week that all of its customers will be required to wear masks.

It also has the potential to put the chain's workers on the front lines of a battle over face coverings, as some resistance on the part of some customers to mask requirements has led to some heated confrontations, including inside many restaurants. They could also offer a free drink the next time the customer comes in, as long as they wear a mask.

"In those situations where a customer declines to wear a face covering, we'll put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way". They noted that the company plans to provide training for staff to help them address the new policy "in a friendly and positive way" and will share resources for employees who want to revisit de-escalation training.

McDonald's also said Friday that it is continuing its pause on reopening dining rooms for another 30 days. The panels are created to allow the chain's owner-operators to increase order taking and seating capacity along with staffing levels while still meeting social distancing guidelines.

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