McDonald’s has new COVID-19 policy for restaurants in Canada

Fast food giant McDonald’s has made a change to one of its COVID-19 policies due to the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant chain says it will no longer be publicly reporting COVID-19 cases at its locations across the country; something McDonald’s did since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

“At McDonald’s Canada, our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees and our guests – it’s at the core of everything we do. In addition to our existing high standards of cleanliness, restaurants have implemented enhanced protective measures during the pandemic to ensure every part of the McDonald’s experience is safe,” according to a statement on the McDonald’s COVID-19 tracker page. “Throughout the pandemic we have communicated restaurant closures due to COVID-19 so that restaurant employees and guests were continually informed of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in restaurants and could take proper measures. This was important during the early months of the pandemic and we posted an ongoing COVID-19 tracker to report on any change of status in our restaurants.”

However, McDonald’s added, “due to the increased numbers of Canadians who are vaccinated, a corresponding reduction in impacts on our operations, and the introduction of vaccine passports or cards for restaurants in most provinces, the tracker has been discontinued.”

The company says it will continue to operate in line with guidance from public health authorities and all levels of government.

McDonald’s joins whose stores include No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart, who earlier this summer also decided to no longer make public COVID-19 cases in its stores.

However, many other stores including continue to report cases at their store locations.