FAST-FOOD giant McDonald's has announced the latest round of drive-thrus in East Lancashire opening today.

Yesterday, two Burnley franchises with drive-thrus started trading.

Now, they have announce more openings in Lancashire from 11am. They include: Blackburn - Ewood and Whitebirk, Darwen, Rossendale - Haslingden Rising Bridge and Haslingden Road Rawtenstall, Clitheroe - A59, Colne and Accrington.

A McDonalds spokesman said: "Today we’re announcing a further 497 restaurants that will be operating their Drive Thrus from 11am, and 43 restaurants that will begin offering McDelivery.

"We have fewer employees in our kitchens to enable our teams to social distance and work safely.

"McDonald’s and its franchisees are working closely with local authorities and the police, and may determine that it is necessary to close Drive Thru lanes if queues cause disruption at busier sites or put employees or customers at risk.

"We will have a limited menu (no breakfast or Shakes for now) and will open for reduced hours (11am-10pm)

"We encourage you to use contactless payment methods and cap your spend at £25

"For those visiting our Drive Thrus, you can browse the menu, order and pay ahead using the My McDonald’s App - we’ll start preparing your order when you’re near the restaurant.

"We’re delighted to be returning to communities across the UK and Ireland, thank you for your continued support and patience. We look forward to seeing you soon."

To hlep create safe experiences, McDonalds has taken the following steps: 

  • Perspex screens at Drive-Thru windows and employees wearing protective equipment, as well as Perspex screens and floor markings in specific areas in the restaurant and kitchen.
  • All McDonald’s employees will be asked to confirm they are fit and able to work and contactless thermometers will be used to take employee temperatures on arrival at work for every shift.