Despite states easing coronavirus restrictions, McDonald's not racing to reopen dining rooms

Fast food chain says it will 'move thoughtfully and judiciously'

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Despite states across the country beginning to ease restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, McDonald's says that it's not racing to reopen its dining rooms right away.

"McDonald's top priority is the safety and well-being of our people and customers, which guides our decision making. This is not a race," a company spokesperson told FOX Business. "As states ease restrictions, we will move thoughtfully and judiciously to make changes to our operations in collaboration with our franchisees, when McDonald's is ready."

McDonald's says it is following guidance from the CDC, state and local authorities in order to determine the best timeline to reopen and that its U.S. senior leadership team meets three times a day to evaluate the company's policies and procedures. It has also established a task force with franchisees to evaluate reopening the dining rooms.

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A new sign lets drive-thru customers know that the available menu at a local McDonalds is no longer complete due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions April 20, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The fast food chain added that it has "changed nearly 50 processes" in its restaurants to date for the protection of its employees and customers including wellness checks, installing protective barriers, adhering to social distancing guidelines with floor decals, using gloves, increasing the frequency of handwashing, moving to contactless operations, providing thermometers to restaurants and distributing more than 100 million masks to employees.

While McDonald's "continues to assess plans for the future," the company said it will keep serving its customers through drive-thru, walk-in takeout and delivery.

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Milagrose Sarmiento works the drive-thru window at McDonald's Restaurant in Sitka, Alaska, April 24, 2020. (James Poulson/The Daily Sitka Sentinel via AP)

The news from McDonald's comes as some states, including Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi and Alaska plan to begin a phased reopening this week despite warnings from public health experts that opening too soon could cause a second wave of coronavirus cases. Governors are feeling the pressure as another 4.4 million Americans have filed for unemployment this month, according to the latest report on Thursday by the Department of Labor.

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Overall for the first quarter, McDonald’s same-store sales gained 0.1% in the U.S. while dropping 3.4% globally in March. The company noted that in China, where the coronavirus outbreak began, about a quarter of its restaurants were fully shut down at the peak of closures in early February.

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The company will provide an update when it releases its full first quarter earnings report for 2020 on April 30. McDonald's stock closed at $184.02 per share during Friday's trading session.

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