McDonalds Greenlane opened it’s doors this morning after being closed for over a month during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Customers were able to get their favourite takeaway as New Zealand starts Level 3, trading today during COVID-19. 28 April 2020 Photography by Greg Bowker

It’s only been open for a few hours in most places, but McDonald’s restaurants nationwide have already seen queues extending well past drive-thru entrances.

All 137 of the McDonald’s restaurants able to open in alert level three are now open and serving breakfast to thousands of Kiwis desperate to eat something other than their own cooking for the first time in almost five weeks, some have queued since the early hours of the morning. 

In Wellington at the McDonald’s Basin Reserve restaurant customers queued from midnight, McDonald’s Greenlane in Auckland saw customers waiting in line from 2am, and McDonald’s Timaru had a large line of cars ready for the 5am opening. 

McDonald’s restaurants have reopened with increased health and safety protocols to limit face-to-face interactions with customers. Drive-thru and delivery services are available with no dining in facilities.  

McDonald’s has spent the last month preparing for the reopening and retraining staff to follow increased sanitation procedures and maintaining social distancing at all times. Workers are wearing gloves which are replaced every hour at a minimum and payments are being handled at a different window to the one food is passed through.