McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Subway bringing in new rule changes from today

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Lockdown restrictions are finally easing today (May 17), which means restaurants up and down the country can greet indoor diner again once more.

This means fast food chains McDonalds, KFC, Burger King and Subway can have customers eating in their establishments again.

However despite this, However, those chomping down on a Big Macs or foot-long will still have to still obey strict rules to protect the public against coronavirus.

Most fast food chains still have set rules in place for the safety of their staff and customers.

This includes social distancing measures which have been in place since the global pandemic began.

Customers will also have to wear masks unless they are at their tables eating.

But what are the other changes?

We run through the major differences customers should be aware of before the go grab their meal, as first reported on Yorkshire Live.


Maccies has revealed that all of its restaurants will reopen with table service only.

Some restaurants will also have limited seating to allow social distancing to take place.

Customers are "strongly encouraged" to order their food and drinks via the My McDonald’s App if possible, meaning customers can order from their table and have their food brought to them.

All diners will also be asked to wear a face covering when entering the restaurant, unless they are exempt.

McDonald's is also turning its attention to restoring the full menu as well as extending opening hours in the coming months.

Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK and Ireland CEO, said: “We are delighted to be re-opening our dine-in areas.

"Monday is another big step forward for both England and Wales, and we’ll be thrilled to see our customers dining-in and enjoying their meals with us – we know they have been eagerly waiting to get back.

"As the country starts to open back up more fully – so are we.

“We have not had people dining-in for several months, so while we know our restaurant teams are incredibly excited to welcome customers back to our dine-in areas, we also want to give them time to adjust to the enhanced safety measures and procedures in place that will help protect our customers and our people.

"As we take this next step on the road to recovery, we know our restaurants and the communities they operate in will continue to look out for each other. We are working closely with government, and while we are moving in the right direction – we know there is still some way to go, and we must all make every effort to keep each other safe.

“We appreciate that the measures in place mean the McDonald’s experience may be a little different to normal, and we are once again asking that our customers bear with us.

"Our customers’ patience and support has been fantastic as we have navigated various challenges over the last year, and that has been hugely appreciated by us all.”


KFC says it will be opening most of its indoor dining areas from May 17.

There will also be strict rules and procedures that will be introduced for staff and customers in store.

There will be perspex screens at counters to protect customers and staff and employees will be wearing gloves and face masks as appropriate.

Staff will also be given access to 'non-medical grade face masks and gloves' and two metres guidelines will be marked on the floors of restaurants you are able to go into to order food.

Some restaurants will have a limit as to how many people will be allowed in at any one time.

The menu may also be limited to keep kitchen teams small and ensure food is prepared safely.

Customers should pay by contactless if they are able and any deliveries or drive-thru orders will be contact-free.

Delivery drivers and customers will be kept separate in restaurants.

Restaurant opening hours have also been reduced so there are as few members of staff as possible.

Burger King

Burger King will also open a majority of its restaurants for indoor dining now that the restrictions are being eased from May 17.

However, there are strict rules and procedures customers and staff should follow.

Staff will be sanitising their hands every 30 minutes.

Burger King will also be delivering and allowing contactless delivery where possible.

The chain also says it will also be checking temperatures and conditions of staff before every shift.


Subway has remained open for a while, however restaurant will now also be opening a majority of its indoor dining from May 17.

It's employees will be wearing masks and there will be markets on the floors of our restaurants to provide further social distancing guidelines.

There will also be social distanced in-restaurant seating where possible to make sure there is proper social distancing.

Subway will also have spacing dividers between employees and guests at participating locations.

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Meanwhile, they'll be keeping all ingredients on the sandwich line covered.

The cleaning frequency in all restaurants will also increase and hand sanitiser will provided at stations at many of it's restaurants.

A spokesperson for Subway said: "Our operations and food safety teams are continuously exploring innovative ways to enhance measures that make all Subway restaurants a safe, healthy environment and enjoyable experience for guests. As we move forward, we are reinforcing and implementing additional measures to create an even safer, more comfortable environment for you.

"We’re committed to delivering the best Subway experience, which means offering delicious food at great values you can enjoy whether you choose to dine-in or take out. For those who choose to dine-in, seating might be limited to follow safe distancing procedures."

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