‘McRefugees’ forced to seek alternative shelters after McDonald’s start to close outlets after 6pm

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26h March 2020 – (Hong Kong) McDonald’s announced that they will not allow customers to dine in after 6pm from yesterday to 7th April. Only delivery and take away services will be available. This new change applies to all their existing restaurants and 24-hour service restaurants. The 24-hour delivery service is available free of charge from 6 pm to 12 midnight.

Around 10 ‘McRefugees’ (homeless people who stay overnight at 24-hour McDonald’s) who used to stay at the Yen Chou Street branch in Sham Shui pohad to leave yesterday after it closed at 6pm. Many of the homeless people had to seek alternative shelter at public parks and other areas. Over 20 McRefugees were seen putting up on benches outside Hong Kong Cultural Centre in TST.

In December 2018, Hong Kong Society for Community Organisation found a total of 448 homeless people who stay overnight in 24-hour McDonald’s fast food restaurants. These homeless people are commonly known as ‘McRefugees’. The total represents a significant increase of 110 as compared to the 384 McRefugees found earlier at the beginning of 2018.

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