McDonald’s will only offer delivery service in Melbourne as the city goes under a strict night curfew as part of Stage 4 restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Those looking to satisfy their Macca’s cravings will not be able to visit stores between 8pm and 5am across Melbourne for the next six weeks of lockdown.
The Stage 4 rules are in effect from Thursday as the city battles with a second wave of hundreds of new coronavirus cases each day, with another 471 cases, and eight fatalities, on Thursday.
Those looking to satisfy their Maccas cravings will not be able to visit stores between 8pm and 5am across Melbourne for the next six weeks of the high level lockdowns (pictured: Melbourne on July 23)
While the fast food franchise has been offering delivery for years, the stores will now move to a delivery-only method of operating – with customers needing to download an app to buy food.
‘McDonald’s has moved to delivery-only during curfew hours, in accordance with further guidance received yesterday afternoon from the Government.’ a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We’re all in this together and we expect our customers to comply with Stage 4 restrictions.’
‘McDonald’s continues to engage with the relevant Government Departments to ensure we are meeting all required standards regarding our contactless takeaway, drive-thru and delivery services.’
McDonald’s temporarily stopped dine-in options in March in line with social distancing regulations, though customers could still order takeaway or from the drive-thru.
As restrictions were eased restaurants in some areas then began to open for in-house dining again – following the caps of numbers of patrons.
In wider Victoria, where Stage 3 restrictions are in place, McDonald’s is currently offering the takeaway, drive-thru, and delivery options.
In New South Wales, McDonald’s staff will now be required to wear face masks from Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
The store said while they were not required under regulations they were implementing them as a health and safety measure in addition to gloves and screens already in place.
While the fast food franchise has been offering delivery for years, the stores will move to a delivery-only method of operating in Melbourne for six weeks between 8pm and 5am
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.
Source: Daily Mail AU