GARDAI HAVE been called to several McDonald's restaurants across Dublin following reports of large queues causing chaos for other drivers.
Last week, the fast food giant confirmed it would be reopening selected outlets across Dublin on a drive-thu only basis from this week.
Earlier today, McDonald’s confirmed the six outlets chosen to reopen for the first time since March.
McDonald’s restaurants located in Artane, Malahide Road, Tallaght, Nutgrove, Kylemore Road and East Wall were picked to reopen, sparking a flurry of arrivals from fast-food fans eager to order.
Social media has been awash with photos and videos showcasing the lengthy tailbacks of traffic and general chaos generated by the reopening.
“Bedlam,” one wrote
“It’s giving me anxiety”.
“What’s wrong with people?” another asked.
— Niall McGrath (@niallmcgrath4) May 20, 2020
— Grainne Nolan (@GrainneNolan1) May 20, 2020
It's giving me anxiety tbh. pic.twitter.com/I0XvJ3Mpym
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) May 20, 2020
Large Q as McDonalds open on Malahide Road 11am pic.twitter.com/K4rqeab3XO
— Padraig O'Reilly Photographer (@padraig_reilly) May 20, 2020
— Vxlks ☘ (@vxlks) May 20, 2020
According to McDonald’s, the drive-thru services are due to run from 11am to 10pm every night.
However, they are now in danger of being shut down due to the disruption caused.
While McDonald’s is working with the local authorities to ensure the reopening goes off without a hitch, Gardai still have the power to shut down drive-thrus should they deem queues to be too disruptive.
McDonald’s has reopened with a reduced menu and a €30 per car spending cap on orders to encourage contactless payment wherever possible.
Perspex screens have been installed in key kitchen and service areas while staff in customer and courier facing positions must wear gloves and face masks.
Staff are also required to undergo temperature checks upon arrival using contactless therometers.