Supermac's is to reopen and provide a limited food service from today.

The fast food chain announced the move on social media this morning.

It will provide delivery, drive-through and a drive-and-collect system at a number of its outlets across the country.

Initially, the service will be rolled out at three Galway outlets and will then be extended to nine others and its drive-throughs.

Supermac's closed its 116 restaurants last month over social distancing concerns. McDonalds and several other chains also closed their doors.

But in recent weeks more and more outlets have been offering a delivery and take-away service.

Supermac's is a huge buyer of Irish food produce and the news that it is to re-open will be welcome in the food production sector.

It spends around €40m every year on Irish food, with around a quarter of that on fresh chicken, which is a vital outlet for Irish chicken farmers.

In a social media posting Supermac's said since it closed it has been "developing systems and processes in order to open and provide a service".

It said that only outlets that can fully implement social distancing guidelines for staff and customers will be opened.

All services will be contactless.

There will be a dedicated work station for each staff member and full PPE will be provided. Staff will have their temperature monitored before each shift.

All sit-in facilities will remain closed at Supermac's outlets until further notice.