McDonald’s, Nando’s, Costa Join Coronavirus Closures

McDonald’s will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK by the end of today. Nando’s have announced it has closed its 400 restaurants in the UK “until further notice”, including branches at St Enoch’s Square, Springfield Quay and Sauchiehall Street.

A statement from Nando’s this morning said: “The safety and security of our customers and team is always our top priority and with this in mind we have taken the decision to temporarily close all of our restaurants across the UK and Ireland during the course of today, 22nd March, to help limit the spread of Covid-19.”

“Eat in, takeaway and delivery for customers will all stop until further notice and our remaining food will be given away to those who need it most across the community.”

Meanwhile, coffee chain Costa, which has kept its cafes open so far, will close over 2,000 branches today, including on George Square, Royal Exchange Square and Trongate.

The coffee chain said more than 16,000 members of staff at closed stores will be paid their full average weekly pay over eight weeks.

Costa chief executive Jill McDonald said: “The majority of our 2,700 stores will close, however, where possible, our stores in hospitals and some service stations will remain open to help support key workers.”

On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said restaurants and cafes must close, except take-away food places.

The three chains said they wanted to protect the wellbeing of staff and customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Smaller independent Glasgow cafes continued to announce their closure over the weekend, with larger restaurants either joining the move or making the switch to a delivery service.

Retail chains like Primark and Topshop are also joining the high street closures in support of social distancing efforts that were reiterated over the weekend.