Coming as great news for vegans around the world, McDonald’s is closing over 1,200 locations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The fast-food chain will not be taking any orders, not even drive-thru or takeout, in locations across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The company announced the news on Instagram, saying, “We have taken the difficult decision to close all McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23rd March at the latest.”
This came just 2 days after sharing on their Instagram that locations across the Uk and Ireland were open for takeaway, drive-thru, and delivery. Hopefully other large chains follow suit to slow this worldwide pandemic.
The loss of sales that these locations will see, of course, has its downfalls – loss of jobs and loss of access to its vegan options (like their vegan Happy Meal), among others. However, there are some benefits, too!
The sale of animal products at the 1,200+ locations will be halted – creating a dip in demand for these products. Each day these restaurants remain closed is a day with lives saved.
And thankfully, the current food they have in stock won’t be going to waste (at least not fully). As stated in their post, the company claims they will “work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.”