McDonald’s to require customers to wear face masks

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McDonald’s is the latest business to require face masks of its customers.

The fast food restaurant announced Friday that its new policy, effective Aug. 1, will mean all guests have to wear face coverings when entering restaurants.

“The intent of this policy is to take a proactive approach and focus on quickly finding solutions when customers are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering,” the restaurant said in a news release. “In those situations where a customer declines to wear a face covering, we’ll put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way.”

Restaurant staff will be trained to make sure they are able to enforce the policy “in a friendly and positive way.” Resources for de-escalation will also be shared again with staff.

In addition, the restaurant is extending the pause on reopening dining rooms for 30 more days, and a series of divider panels and retrofitted barriers are being added.