McDonald’s franchisees face inspections over ‘COVID fatigue’


McDonald’s is upping its inspections in hopes of warding off “Covid fatigue,” The Post has learned.

The Golden Arches in a memo Friday told its franchisees that it will be conducting new safety inspections of its 14,000 US eateries as the number of Covid-19 cases soar across the country — raising fears of a second wave. 

The inspections, which kick off Friday, will include a review of safety protocols “to assess each of your locations so everyone on your team is aware of the opportunities and what is needed to improve,” according to the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

The inspections will focus on procedures for contactless payment systems and social distancing, wrote McDonald’s chief field officer, Charlie Strong, and two franchisee owners.

“It is apparent we are entering what many predicted would be the most difficult period of the pandemic,” the memo stated, adding that “McDonald’s may do safeguards follow-up visits where deemed necessary.”

“Our actions are being watched very closely by consumers, crew, and other external stakeholders,” the memo says. “In some cases, allegations have been made by critics with an agenda. However, we welcome that … because we are committed to addressing any concerns that impact the safety of our people and customers.”

McDonald’s said the inspections will be completed by the end of the year.

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