McDonald's to hire 260,000 workers this summer

The fast-food franchise chain is beginning to reopen dining rooms

McDonald's restaurants expect to hire approximately 260,000 people this summer as its locations begin reopening their dining rooms amid coronavirus restrictions.

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The fast food giant says it has enacted nearly 50 new safety features including "wellness and temperature checks, social distancing floor stickers, [and] protective barriers at order points" to keep customers and employees from spreading germs.

In this May 20, 2020 file photo, a sign posted outside a McDonald's restaurant reads: "We're open for you, Drive-thru, take-out Mobile Order & Pay and McDelivery only. No dine-in seating." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

“We are excited to welcome new employees to our McFamily, and we want candidates and their families to know we have one goal – to keep our people safe,” McDonald’s USA President Joe Erlinger said in a statement. “Our local business owners are proud to help their communities and provide employment and educational opportunities to hundreds of thousands of people this summer.”

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The hiring news comes after Bloomberg reported that McDonald's has set aside $40 million in restaurant aid for owners dealing with the financial impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Meanwhile, the latest jobless claims numbers from the federal Labor Department estimate a U.S. job loss total of 46 million.

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