Fast-food giant McDonald's is going to continue to reduce its menu due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the items it will not be serving at all for the foreseeable future are salads, bagels, and yogurt parfaits. Other items that have been removed due to the pandemic will slowly be re-added in the coming weeks, according to Today.
Customers will soon be able to purchase vanilla cones and chocolate chip cookies again, as well as two variations of the Quarter Pounder and the Bacon McDouble. However, it will likely be a while before other items like salads will be available at any McDonald's restaurant. The reason these items, as well as several more, have been removed is because the company wants to keep its drive-thrus running as quickly as possible. It has also faced challenges such as reduced staff, which meant providing fast service has become all the more difficult.
Items that are more complicated, take longer to prepare, or are not very popular were taken off the menu in order to keep things running smoothly. Breakfast, which used to be served all day, was also shortened to only the morning to help alleviate some of the pressure on staff. These changes were made back in April when the coronavirus was at its peak.
In a new statement regarding the changes, McDonald's noted that it intends to keep customers' wishes in mind as it goes about upcoming changes and tries to accommodate them.
"Now, we're reintroducing some of our iconic offerings while keeping our menu streamlined – focusing on expert preparation, great service, and as always, quality ingredients. With customers at the center of everything we do, we'll continue listening to them and evolving our menu to meet their needs."McDonald's also closed its dining rooms during the pandemic due to a need for social distancing. It is beginning to slowly reopen dining rooms in some locations, but only about 7 percent are open right now. Whether or not breakfast hours will return to what they were before the pandemic is still unclear, yet it appears unlikely that the all-day breakfast menu will be coming back anytime soon.
"The reality is we still have more work to do to further analyze what makes sense. Any final decision will drive business while minimizing operation disruptions," said McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski earlier this week.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, McDonald's franchisees were given a lengthy guide for reopening dining rooms in May.