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· Russia expands its list of ‘systemically important’ companies, adding McDonald's, IKEA, and more
· McDonald’s to close restaurants in UK and Ireland on Monday
Russia expands its list of ‘systemically important’ companies, adding McDonald's, IKEA, and more
via Meduzia.io - March 23, 2020
Russia’s federal list of “systemically important” companies is now three times longer, featuring roughly 600 businesses. According to the newspaper Vedomosti, the updated list includes new airlines (Rossiya, S7, Utair), airports (Domodedovo, Pulkovo) grocery store chains (Vkusvill, Ashan), fast food chains (McDonald's, Burger King), and retail stores (Sportmaster, IKEA).
Beginning next week, the government will begin “stress testing” these businesses to determine if support measures are necessary during the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Merely being included on the federal list does not guarantee government support...
McDonald’s to close restaurants in UK and Ireland on Monday
Fellow fast-food chain Nando’s is also closing more 400 outlets across Great Britain
via The Guardian (UK) - 22 Mar 2020
All McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and the Republic of Ireland will close by 7pm on Monday to protect the safety of employees and customers, the company said.
The announcement followed news from other retailers including Waterstones, Primark and Patisserie Valerie that they would also close. Later on Sunday Nando’s announced its outlets would also close.
The fast-food company said it had taken the “difficult decision” in a statement posted to Twitter – adding that stores will close by that time on Monday “at the latest”.
The decision comes after Boris Johnson called for pubs, clubs and restaurants to shut on Friday.
The company had already removed all its seating areas but was continuing to serve takeaway food.
In a statement on Sunday night, UK and Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said: “Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and Drive Thru restaurants is increasingly difficult.
“This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with the wellbeing and safety of our employees in mind as well as in the best interests of our customers.
“We will work with local community groups to responsibly distribute food and drink from our restaurants in the coming days.
“Thank you to our brilliant employees for their hard work during this incredibly challenging time.
“We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as it is safe for us to reopen.”
Nando’s has also said it will...