McDonald’s has announced face masks will now be compulsory for all of its staff across New South Wales.
Each staff member will have to wear a three-ply surgical mask during their shifts.
McDonald’s Australia CEO Andrew Gregory said the measures were prompted by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying masks should be worn by public-facing workers.
‘Our customers expect us to do the best we can to protect the community and we want to use caution,’ he said.
McDonald’s workers in Melbourne were told to wear a face mask last month as the city’s COVID-19 second wave began to surge.
Mr Gregory told 2GB on Wednesday morning the directive to McDonald’s staff would stay in place until further notice.
‘McDonald’s really needs to take responsibility – it’s the right thing to do,’ he said.
‘We’ve got adequate supplies of masks and we have been working to make sure of that.’
The announcement comes after Kmart urged customers to wear face masks while visiting stores in NSW to stem the spread of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Bunnings and Woolworths implemented similar health advice for the safety of all customers and staff in Australia’s most populated state.
Woolworths Group, which owns Dan Murphy’s and BWS alcohol stores as well as the grocery chain, is providing all staff with face masks to wear while serving customers.
Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Deb Poole had a similar message, but added the company would ‘greatly appreciate customers getting on board to help protect everyone’.
On Sunday, NSW Premier Ms Berejiklian said authorities would not make mask usage mandatory in her state, but revised current recommendations to address four specific circumstances.
Masks should be worn by public-facing employees including hospitality or grocery workers, worshippers and residents of suburbs near COVID-19 clusters, as well as in situations where social distancing is impossible.
‘We have been talking about masks for several weeks but obviously the persistent situation in Victoria gives us cause for alarm in terms of the potential for further seeding in NSW, and it is about risk mitigation strategy,’ Ms Berejiklian said.