In late July, McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski was confident all dining rooms would re-open by Labor Day if there were no resurgences.
Unfortunately, there has been a resurgence of the Delta variant, stunting that progress. The company called out to franchisees, reminding them they should consider re-closing dining rooms.
The seven-day average amount of cases in the US was about 147,000 on the 27th of August, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention - more than double the amount the day Kempczinski announced dining rooms were on track to re-open.
Nearly 62 percent of all Americans have had at least one vaccine shot, and 52 percent are fully vaccinated.
The surge is once again affecting restaurants, as sales slow down with the increase in cases. McDonald's has already started requiring customers and employees to wear masks in areas with high cases.
Last March, the fast-food chain closed its dining rooms, along with everyone else. Since then, it has been slow to re-open its doors. McDonald's is monitoring the delta situation closely, and has met with franchisees to evaluate safety protocols, reinforce its people-first approach, and provide updates on the case status.