Large queues form in Ballymena town centre during countdown to McDonald’s shutting due to coronarvirus pandemic

LARGE queues of motorists formed in Ballymena town centre on Monday evening ahead of McDonald’s – in line with its restaurants across the UK and Ireland – shutting because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A video of the queues posted on Ballymena Daily’s Facebook page was viewed by more than 10,000 people in just over an hour.

Queue on Monday evening before McDonald's closes in Ballymena due to coronavirus pandemic.

Posted by Ballymena Daily on Monday, 23 March 2020

Meanwhile, the next food giant to close is Greggs.

Their stores will close on Tuesday.

Greggs said in a statement on Monday: “We’ve been doing everything we can to keep our shops open and everyone safe but it has become clear that to help us all maintain social distance we need to go further and close all of our shops completely.

“So, we have made the difficult decision to close all of our shops on Tuesday 24th March.

“While we are closed, we will continue supporting our colleagues with full contract hours for as long as we are able although we will need to keep this under review as the situation develops.

“Whilst our shops will be temporarily closed, our dedication to our communities won’t stop. We’ll continue to provide support to our local communities by distributing any remaining unsold food and offering support for those in hardship through the Greggs Foundation.”

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