Huge McDonald’s queues as coronavirus forces all restaurants to close tonight

There are queues out the door at McDonald' s restaurants and around the block for the drive-thrus as burger-loving Brits take advantage of their last opportunity to grab a Big Mac for the foreseeable future.

The fast food giant announced yesterday it would be closing all of its premises in the UK and Ireland by Monday evening in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The chain had already closed its seating areas to the public but was still operating its takeaway and drive-thru services.

From 7pm tonight, customers will no longer be able to order food from McDonald's – including via Uber Eats.

There are 1,270 McDonald's restaurants around the UK, and photos show that almost all of them seem to have queues out the door – with some police cars even joining the line-up for the drive-thru.

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A Scottish woman posted a video of cars lined up around the block waiting to go through the drive-thru, calling it "madness in Milngavie".

"Just want a f**king McDonalds before it closes," she wrote.

Another woman posted a picture of a McDonald's in Crayford, saying: "Queue of around 45 cars, roundabout blocked, town stopped with people trying to get in! How very British."

"Never thought I'd see the day when people would start panic buying Happy Meals and Big Macs," one Twitter user said.

It comes the day after McDonald's UK released a statement saying: "We have taken the difficult decision to close all McDonald's restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday March 23 at the latest.

"This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the wellbeing and safety of our employees in mind as well as in the best interests of our customers.

"We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days,

"Thank you to our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time.

"We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen."

The 135,000 people who work at McDonald's will receive full pay for their scheduled hours until April 5.

After that the company expects its employees will be paid 80% of their wages through the government's emergency financial aid package that was announced on Friday.

Other fast food chains including Nandos, Costa Coffee, Subway and Itsu have also announced that they will be closing their doors for the time being as Britain braces for the COVID-19 pandemic to get worse before it gets better.

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