McDonald’s fans queue for 3 hours as drive-thru opens after weeks of lockdown

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McDonald’s fans queued for three hours as drive-thrus in some of the fast food restaurant branches opened after weeks of lockdown.

Drivers desperate for their burger fix waited in line outside a number of branches across France.

However, out of 1,490 McDonald’s restaurants in France, just 30 of them reopened their drive-thru service.

In the Île-de-France region in north-central France, the drive-thru and home delivery services had partly resumed – with traffic jams seen in Moissy-Cramayel, Lieusaint-Moissy and Saint-Gratien in Val-d’Oise, all southeast of Paris.

Many others on the road said the queues for the fast food chain were so big, they had to take other routes to get home.

Josua, 24, said: “I had to take another route to get home because there were so many people.

“People have posted messages and videos on Snapchat,” says Josua, who went to the fast food giant for “a box of nuggets.”

“I was thinking of stopping there after returning from the races, but there were already so many cars … It was not possible.”

Another local from Sébastien said: “Friends waited up to three hours to get their McDonalds!”

Those who had got their hands on their classic burger and fries tweeted pictures of their firs post-lockdown meal.

One customer uploaded a photo of their meal, saying “First McDonald’s after confinement”.

Some customers seemed too eager to make up for lost time, with a McDonald’s branch in Moissy-Cramayel having to restrict the amount of food ordered per customer.

A member of staff there told Le Parisien : “In this restaurant, we even had to establish a maximum amount for orders (60 euros) due to the influx of customers”.

In the UK, McDonald’s shut its doors on Monday, March 23 after announcing all of its 1,350 branches in the UK and Ireland would remain fully closed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

They had first only implemented social distancing measures in their branches, before the lockdown became stricter and all restaurants, bars and cafes were ordered to close.

In their statement, McDonald’s said: “We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen.”

It is not known when the fast food chain will reopen after the government last week extended the UK lockdown until at least May 7.