Fast food chain McDonald’s has confirmed that it is halting its walk-in takeaway services during the third national lockdown in England.

Drive-through and delivery services will remain unaffected by the new measures, but indoor dining and walk-in takeaway services have been temporarily scrapped while McDonald’s assesses its procedures with an independent health and safety body.

Rival fast food chains Burger King, Pret A Manger, Subway and KFC have all confirmed that they will continue to offer takeaway services in-store.

As part of a third national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week, restaurants, bars and other hospitality venues are no longer allowed to offer dining services on their premises. However, takeaway services are still permitted.

McDonald’s UK and Ireland chief executive, Paul Pomroy, said: “This is a temporary change in our operations to allow us to test and validate any additional measures that may further enhance the safety of our takeaway service.”