After months of lockdown and remote deliveries only, hundreds of McDonalds restaurants including sites in Epsom, New Malden and Walton have reopened for walk-in takeaways.

Announcing the news on Wednesday (June 24), a spokesperson for the fast food giant said that "over 280 restaurants" in the UK had reopened for walk-in takeaways, with a further 42 restaurants "trialling breakfast".

Among those listed for the walk-in takeaway service after months of quarantine were the McDonalds restaurants in Epsom, New Malden and Walton.

All three previously were only open for contactless, remote deliveries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However a nationwide easing of certain lockdown restrictions announced by the government Tuesday prompted a wave of establishments like pubs and restaurants to renew walk-in, takeaway services.#

"Lots happening today - over 280 restaurants opening for walk-in takeaway, and 42 restaurants trialling breakfast.

"Welcome back to our high street customers and McMuffin fans, and good luck to our fantastic franchisees and restaurant teams!" The McDonalds UK News Twitter account posted on Wednesday.

In a statement sent to the Comet, a spokesperson added the following:

"Today your local McDonald’s will reopen for walk-in takeaway with new measures in place to help keep employees and customers safe. This follows a successful pilot in June.

"With restaurant teams adjusting to new procedures to enable safe working and social distancing, stores will look a little different and things may take a little longer."

They also added a list of new measures the chain is taking to limit the chances of spreading the Covid-19 virus.

In order to help serve customers safely for takeaway:

• McDonald’s will provide clear signposting and floor-markings to create a one-way system around restaurants for customers and delivery partner couriers, where possible.

• A limited number of people will be allowed inside restaurants to help customers and employees adhere to social distancing – this will vary depending upon the restaurant size and layout.

• Customers will be welcomed inside when a space becomes available and will be asked to sanitise their hands at cleaning stations that have been introduced in all restaurants.

• There will be fewer self-order screens switched on and those in use will be sanitised at least every 30 minutes. Customers can also order via the My McDonald’s app.

• Customers are encouraged to visit alone to collect their food where possible. For those visiting with children, play areas and digital play areas will remain closed.

• Restaurant seating areas, customer toilets and lifts will remain closed.

• With dining areas closed, recycling points will also remain closed. The large majority of McDonald’s packaging can be recycled, and customers are encouraged to dispose of their litter responsibly and recycle wherever possible when they get home.

• To help protect employees and other customers, McDonald’s asks their customers not to visit if they feel unwell.