McDonald's to provide free drinks to health workers amid Coronavirus outbreak

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McDonald’s has announced plans to provide free drinks to NHS workers, emergency services personnel and health and social care staff amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

In a statement released on Twitter, the fast food giant said that the offer, which will be available to anyone who shows a “valid work pass”, is the business’ way of saying “thank you” to those on the frontline in the fight against the disease. 

As per The Sun, McDonald’s provided a detailed statement outlining the motivation behind the new policy. A spokesperson revealed:

"We want to use our UK and Ireland footprint to thank, reward and support the health and care workers doing an incredible job in difficult and unprecedented times.

"This offer is a token of our appreciation for the tireless work that these professionals are carrying out in the communities in which we operate.

"From today we are offering free drinks for those workers in our restaurants and Drive Thrus, on sight of their work pass."

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This development follows several changes to McDonald’s operating model as a result of the disease. In addition to the free drinks offer, the restaurant group recently revealed that it has closed its seating areas, switching to a drive-thru, takeaway and delivery model only for the foreseeable future. 

In addition, the brand has been forced to delay its annual Monopoly promotion, as many of the top prizes involve international travel. As a statement on the decision explained:

"This year's prizes include a number of luxury holidays, European city breaks and cruises which will have all been impacted by current and ongoing restrictions on international travel.

"Following conversations with our suppliers and prize partners, we feel it is appropriate to delay the promotion until later this year.

"I apologise for any disappointment caused by this update and I look forward to Monopoly returning to our restaurants as soon as possible."