Hours before Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley took to the podium at the Diplomatic Centre in St. Ann’s on Saturday, to provide an update on government’s Covid-19 response, there was buzz generating on social media that it would be announced that fast food outlets have been given the green light to resume operations.
That did not happen.
Instead, Dr. Rowley announced the full reopening of the construction sector, come Monday, in addition to laundromat services.
As for the food and beverage industry, the Prime Minister pleaded: “Bear with us.”
One of the reasons some citizens believed relaxations were coming on Saturday, was this post by fast food chain McDonalds:
The post, which has since been taken down, generated a large volume of feedback, with many expressing excitement at the possibility that they would be able to order from restaurants again.
In a follow-up post, McDonalds apologized, saying: “We understand there may have been some misinterpretation of our previous post, and we would like to apologize for any confusion. We await with the rest of the country for an official confirmation on the reopening of the restaurant industry. Our aim was to reassure McLovers that, as soon as it is safe for us to serve you again, we look forward to welcoming you back with the highest standard of safety protocols and the delicious meals you love!”