McDonald's Creates 'McRefugees' With New Dine-in Ban

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2020-03-26 HKT 01:20

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  • The ban on dining-in after 6 pm began on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    The ban on dining-in after 6 pm began on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

More than two-hundred McDonald's restaurants across the city on Wednesday began suspending dine-in services after 6 pm.

The fast-food giant said the two-week arrangement is aimed at protecting its staff and diners amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

But some homeless people who've been used to spending the night at its 24-hour restaurants are now being forced to seek shelter elsewhere.

A Mr Choi, one of the so-called "McRefugees", said he felt helpless about the change, and would probably sleep on a staircase on Wednesday night.

He said there was nothing he could do as McDonald's paid the rent and therefore had the power.

McDonald's on Tuesday said people will still be able to go inside their restaurants and order food to take away, and delivery services will continue - but with certain restrictions in place to protect delivery staff.