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As they start to reopen their dining rooms, McDonald’s restaurants will hire 996 summer workers in Maine as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed, but with 50 new safety procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, including food delivered on sanitized trays in double-folded bags.
The new procedures and virus-inspired features will include social-distancing markers, contact-less payment systems, reduced seating and tables that are sanitized after each use, according to a statement released by McDonald’s USA, LLC, the multinational corporation’s American subsidiary. No dates of reopening were mentioned.
The restaurants have offered take-out and drive-through service since the pandemic began.
Nationwide, the company expects to hire approximately 260,000 summer employees for its approximately 14,000 storefronts, the company said. All workers will wear gloves and masks and temperature and health checks will be regularly offered in the restaurants.
The company is providing two weeks paid sick leave for employees at company-owned restaurants who need it, and cash bonuses equal 10 percent of pay earned in May, to every company-owned restaurant’s employees. Exactly how many workers this applies to is unclear.