McDonald's orders ALL customers and staff to wear masks in regions seeing Covid spikes as Delta variant spreads
MASKS will be compulsory for all customers and staff in McDonald’s restaurants in areas where there are Covid spikes.
The requirement will be regardless of whether people have been vaccinated and comes amid a resurgence of Covid cases in the US.
In response to the spike, the Centres for Disease Control issued a new mask mandate for vaccinated Americans as a result of the highly infectious Delta variant.
The agency announced that even vaccinated people will be required to wear face coverings again in parts of the United States.
McDonald’s updated policy applies to both company and franchisee-owned restaurants.
The fast food giant said it came in response to the federal government’s new mask recommendations.
"While nearly 82 per cent of our restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for both crew and customers today, it’s important we protect the safety of all employees and customers," said the company.
McDonald’s joins a list of companies issuing mask mandates for its customers in the last week or so including Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s.
Last week, major companies including Google, Uber and Facebook said all their US employees must get vaccinated to step into offices.
Local officials in California, Louisiana and other states said they would begin to require people to wear masks indoors starting this week,
New York City officials are recommending that residents wear face coverings indoors.
President Joe Biden has told federal workers they must get vaccinated or face regular testing and mask-wearing.
States could even start offering checks worth up to $100 to encourage reluctant Americans to get jabbed.
Nearly 70 percent of eligible adults in the US have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, but rates have dropped in recent weeks.
Regions such as the South and Midwest have seen cases rocket amid low vaccination turnout.
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