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All McDonald's drive-thrus reopening across Kent and where they are

Every McDonald's drive-thru in Kent has reopened in a big boost for fast food lovers - with the Orpington branch the last in the county to resume trading after it reopened today.

It comes after seven pilot restaurants across the north of the county - including in Medway and Sittingbourne - welcomed back customers.

McDonald's has now reopened all its drive-thrus in Kent
McDonald's has now reopened all its drive-thrus in Kent

The fast food giant has already resumed food deliveries at some branches, with the drive-thru and delivery bills capped at £25 per car or order.

Perspex screens have been installed and employees are wearing protective equipment.

In strict new measures, all employees have been asked to confirm they are fit and able to work, and the company is using contactless thermometers with temperatures taken on arrival at work for every shift.

Traffic queues at McDonald's in Bobbing
Traffic queues at McDonald's in Bobbing

There is a limited menu with no breakfast or shakes for now - and they are open between 11am and 10pm.

Social distancing has been introduced in the kitchens and service areas.

The maximum spend in drive-thrus is capped at £25 per car and customers are encouraged to pay by contactless payment methods wherever possible.

A spokesperson for the company said: "Over the last fortnight, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland to enjoy the return of the Big Mac."

To manage the "anticipated demand", McDonald's has been releasing the locations of the reopening restaurants on the morning of each day.

The branches which have reopened are:

  • Dover - Whitfield
  • Swanley
  • Chestfield
  • Folkestone - Sainsbury's
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Isle of Sheppey
  • Dartford - Princes Road
  • Tonbridge - Cannon Lane
  • Chatham - High Street (just delivery)
  • Canterbury - Stour Retail Park
  • Westwood Cross
  • Ashford Orbital Park
  • Sevenoaks
  • Bromley - Garden Gate
  • Ashford - Eureka Park
  • Minster Services
  • Maidstone - Broadway
  • Aylesford
  • Orpington Broomwood

It is understood the Hart Street branch in Maidstone is opening tomorrow but others are yet to be confirmed.

Traffic queueing through Strood following the opening of the McDonald's drive thru. Picture: Zak Owen
Traffic queueing through Strood following the opening of the McDonald's drive thru. Picture: Zak Owen

These are the branches already open:

  • Anthonys Way, Medway City Estate
  • Beechings Way, Gillingham
  • Bowaters, Courteney Road, Gillingham
  • Sheppey Way, Bobbing
  • Medway Valley Park, Strood
  • Sittingbourne Retail Park, Sittingbourne
  • Commercial Road, Strood

There were reports of lengthy queues when the fast food chain opened drive-thrus in Gillingham and Strood, following weeks of closure.

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