McDonald’s, citing coronavirus outbreak, closes its dining rooms, asks franchisees to do same

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Fast food giant McDonald’s is the latest American business to take drastic action to curb the coronavirus epidemic, according to a report. Its U.S. company-owned restaurants’ dining rooms are closing, and the company, which owns about 5 percent of the approximately 14,000 U.S. restaurants, is requesting its U.S. franchisees close the dining rooms in their locations. “Franchisee leadership completely supports the decision to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure that large groups of customers are not gathered together inside our restaurants,” Mark Salebra, chair of McDonald’s National Franchisee Leadership Alliance, said in a statement.