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The Coronavirus pandemic has changed so much of our world – including how we get our meals. Restaurants for dine-in are closed so our only options are take-away and drive-thru. However, the burning question is: Is it still safe to get drive-thru takeaways?

These days, it’s really hard to know what is safe and what isn’t and it’s no wonder with things changing on a daily basis that we’re left bewildered and wondering whether it is still safe to get drive-thru and takeaways.

For now, McDonalds and KFC are still open for takeaways, delivery and drive-thru and the great news is that YES, health experts have said that it is safe to get drive-thru.

There has been no evidence that Coronavirus is food-bourne but there are still precautions that we should keep in mind when getting drive-thru takeaways.

Glove it Up

It’s a good idea to pull on a pair of gloves to grab your order from the drive-thru window, then place it on the floor of your car.

Make sure you don’t touch your face with your glove and remove the gloves and dispose of the gloves as soon as possible.

If you don’t have gloves, hand sanitiser will work just fine and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

McDonalds has said that all staff members wear gloves while preparing and packing food and are frequently washing hands with anti-bacterial wash.

Go Contactless

There is no need to get too close to the drive-thru attendant when you pick up your order.

McDonald’s Australia has introduced a new contactless order, pick-up and delivery for all customers. You can easily put your order in via the mymaccas app, then pick up in-store or via the drive-thru. Your order will be placed in a bag, which you can then collect from the store counter or the drive-thru attendant.

With delivery, all McDonalds orders are placed in a bag, taped up and then the delivery driver will leave the food on your doorstep and stay a safe distance from your door until you pick it up.

Use A Card

Ditch the cash and use a debit or credit card instead. Take care to hover just over the card reader, rather than touch it, if at all possible.

Get rid of packaging

It’s best to remove your food from its packaging, wash your hands and place your food on a plate. Then throw away all the wrappers and packets. Remember to wash your hands before eating.

So for now, we can enjoy our favourite Big Mac or Zinger knowing that it’s still safe to get drive-thru takeaways.

Are you still getting takeaways? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I have as a treat for my kids. I have noticed that they are gloved up at maccas and they do not tough you or anything outside the store. I also paid with contactless methods and used hand sanitiser directly before heading to the drive through and after as a precaution.

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  • I haven’t just to be sure, might be overkill but it’s what i’m comfortable with

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  • If you don’t touch your eyes face and nose you should be fine as this is the only way the virus can get in

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  • We are still getting the occasional take away

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  • I think it’s only safe as long as EVERYONE is practicing good hand hygiene and wearing facemasks

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  • Thanks yes with being stuck at home it is difficult to come up with meal ideas and drive through seems safest option instead of venturing into big shopping centres for takeaway

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  • I think it’s each to their own.
    Employees and the restaurants should be taking protective measures as they would be just as worried as the rest of us. We have got pizza take away and a McDonald’s meal in case they do close.

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  • I think takeaway is still fine.

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  • Still I’m a bit iffy about it, there’s just so much unknown about this virus, how it’s transmitted, how long it lasts on certain surfaces. And we are told employees take all necessary precautions……but do they really? I’m off to town on Friday, was planning some Maccas or KFC. I’ll let you all know if I escape the virus or not lol

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  • Haven’t really been getting takeaways but this info is good to have read in case I do get take away in the near future.

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  • I don’t get takeaways but I appreciate that other people do. I can’t see there’s too much of a problem in using such a service as long as everyone is careful.

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  • Not a lot, but we are still trying to support our local businesses when we can.

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  • We’re trying not to go out much, but a bit of takeaway is happening as a treat.

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  • No I’m not getting any take aways

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  • It is a struggle between wanting to support businesses and also not wanting to have food handled to much by others.


    • We are still supporting business when and where we can. We have moved some of our groceries and food and others products to online and delivery. Take away shops and restaurants seem to be taking great care at this time for food prep/cooking and service.



      • Yes I agree you can trust that extra care is being taken.


      • Also; it is quite nice when the van turns up, even though there is not contact. It is a watch and wait and see activity! :)

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