McDonald's has said it will start phasing in the re-opening of its restaurants here for walk-in takeaways from June 24 onwards.

In a statement, the fast food chain said it will provide clear signposting and floor-markings to create a one-way system around its restaurants.

The number of customers allowed in to its restaurants at any one time will also be restricted to adhere to social distancing measures.

McDonald's also said customers will be asked to sanitise their hands at its new cleaning stations, while restaurants will have fewer self-order screens switched on and those in use will be sanitised at least every 30 minutes.

Seating areas, customer toilets and lifts will remain closed in the restaurants.

One of the countries other big fast food chains, Supermacs, said it now has almost 100 of its restaurants re-opened.

The chain has been slowly re-opening around the country with drive-up and drive-thru outlets opening first. 

The fast food chains closed in March as restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 increased.

"In line with Government changes to lockdown restrictions, over the next few weeks and months we'll reopen in towns and cities across Ireland," McDonald's UK & Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy said in a statement today. 

"I know that opening those doors will be incredibly satisfying for our restaurant teams, but it will also mean them getting used to the measures we have implemented to enable us to safely return," he added.

The chain is one of the largest purchasers of Irish beef, it spends €163 million alone on beef for export to its restaurants in the UK and Europe.

It also spends nearly €100m on Irish dairy produce, including milk, cheese, butter and ice-cream. 

Its 95 restaurants contribute close to €200m to the Irish economy, according to the company.

The company said it will continue to offer a limited menu over reduced hours, while consumers will be limited to a €30 spend.