MCDONALDS-lovers rushed out in their droves to get a last Big Mac before the fast food chain closed today (Monday) with huge queues to drive-thrus in Oldbury, Halesowen, Stourbridge and Dudley.

The fast food giant closed all of its UK restaurants at 7pm as the coronavirus crisis bites.

The news of the closure led to fast food lovers desperate for their last McDonalds meal for who knows how long coming out in their droves to its drive-thrus.

Cars tailing back from the Oldbury branch of McDonalds were said to be blocking the Birchley Island.

Jas Deo tweeted: "I don’t know if you know McDonalds in M5 J2 in Oldbury by Toy R Us ..the queue has gone from the car park all the way round the roundabout

She added: "Has to about 100 cars in the queue."

A user on the Facebook page The Oldbury Page posted: "Hi all, be careful when coming round toy R us island going up Birchfield Lane, the entrance to McDonald's has gone on to the road and the cars are starting to block the one lane."

Adam Parkes tweeted: "Cars queueing on Stourbridge Ring Road to get one last McDonalds."




There were also queues at McDonalds in Halesowen.

A member of the Facebook Group Halesowen Times - Take Two posted: "Tailbacks as people are attempting to get into Maccies drive thru on Halesowen ring road."

Dean Hill posted a video of the queues at McDonalds in Dudley tweeting: "Wow, what is wrong with people, this is the queue outside a drive through McDonalds in Dudley they just had to get the last one in, Unbelievable !!"



McDonald's announced its plans to close on Sunday due to the need for social distancing and was followed by a number of major businesses, including Nando's, Costa and Primark.

McDonald's UK boss, Paul Pomroy, said: "Over the last 24 hours, it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing whilst operating busy takeaway and drive-thru restaurants is increasingly difficult and therefore we have taken the decision to close every restaurant in the UK and Ireland by 7pm on Monday 23 March.

"I have been clear throughout this that we would only continue to operate whilst it was safe for our people and together with our franchisees, we feel now is the time to make this decision."

The chain said staff employed directly by the company would receive full pay for their scheduled hours until 5 April.