McDonald’s closes Singapore stores to customers until May 4

A McDonald’s outlet in Singapore in a photo dated Nov. 8, 2017. Photo: McDonald’s/Facebook
A McDonald’s outlet in Singapore in a photo dated Nov. 8, 2017. Photo: McDonald’s/Facebook

McDonald’s announced today it won’t allow customers inside its outlets for takeaway from midnight till May 4 as a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The fast food chain’s 100-plus stores will continue to sell food through their drive-thru and delivery services.

“By temporarily stopping takeaway service, we can reduce interaction between our customers and employees during this circuit breaker period – and also enable more of our senior employees to stay at home over the next two weeks,” managing director Kenneth Chan said in a statement announcing the move. 

Restaurant staff will be redeployed as monitors to make sure delivery riders comply with social distancing measures. McDonald’s said it will continue to pay the salaries of employees not required to work during the next few weeks. It did not say how many jobs would be disrupted. 

Singapore has reported 4,427 infections since the outbreak began in January. Six cases have been linked to at least five store employees at several McDonald’s locations, the company said Monday. 

They worked at outlets in Geylang East Central and the Lido, Forum Galleria, and Parklane shopping malls. Those outlets have been closed until further notice. 

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