By Oisín McGovern

McDonald’s have announced that they are closing all of their Irish and British restaurants.

The American fast-food giant will close all of their outlets at 7pm this evening.

The company said: “This is not a decision we are taking lightly but one made with the well-being and safety of our employees in mind as well as the best interests of our customers.”

McDonald’s UK & Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said: “Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult.”

“Therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March at the latest.”

McDonald’s currently operates three outlets in Galway city; on Shop Street, Westside Shopping Centre and on the Headford Road.

The company said that they will work with local community groups to provide food and drinks from their restaurants over the coming days.

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