Police officers had to step in to control traffic outside McDonald's branches in Glasgow today after they reopened following the relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules. 

At 11am this morning, several of the fast-food chain's drive-thru branches across Scotland began offering takeaways.

Burger-deprived Scots flocked to the restaurants in such numbers that huge traffic queues began to snake around nearby streets. 

On Twitter, one man at McDonald's Robroyston drive-thru tweeted: "Queued at the roundabout and beyond. Couldn't get out of Asda!

"Police directing traffic as its so busy."

HeraldScotland: A street near the Easterhouse branch of McDonald'sA street near the Easterhouse branch of McDonald's

HeraldScotland: A police officer outside McDonald's in RobroystoA police officer outside McDonald's in Robroysto

Another visitor to the same branch added: "F*** me, that queue is mental. If you are heading to Asda I would forget it as you will get caught up in that traffic."

And in Partick, a man tweeted: "The 2 officers at crow road retail park controlling the McDonald’s traffic are doing a fantastic job."

Traffic from the Partick branch stretched all the way back to Broomhill Cross. 

Police officers were also seen in Maryhill. 

We contacted Police Scotland, but it told us local divisions managed their own traffic operations. 

From 11am today (Tuesday) six restaurants in Glasgow and 19 across the country are open for takeaway orders. 

The burger chain is rapidly expanding its store openings across the UK and Ireland, aiming to have more than 1,000 restaurants reopened for drive-thru or delivery by Thursday, June 4.

The company said every drive-thru in the UK and Ireland will be reopened between Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

It said it will reveal the locations of reopening restaurants on the morning they open their doors to help manage demand and it is working with local authorities and the police over openings.

The next phase of its reopening programme will see 1,019 sites able to serve customers by the end of next week.

Rivals including Subway, Burger King, Pret A Manger, Nando’s and Wagamama, have recently laid out plans to rapidly open more sites as restaurant chains get to grips with the current lockdown restrictions.

HeraldScotland: The view outside a McDonald's branch on Pollokshaw Road, GlasgowThe view outside a McDonald's branch on Pollokshaw Road, Glasgow

McDonald’s said staff will use face coverings and gloves, while Perspex screens and social distancing measures have also been introduced.

The chain said it will continue to offer a limited menu over reduced hours and will cap spending at £25.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “This is only possible following the hard work of the teams in our 44 pilot restaurants.

“Over the last fortnight, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland to enjoy the return of the Big Mac.

“With fewer employees working in our kitchens and service areas, our teams will still need your patience and support as they continue to adjust to the new ways of working.”

Where can I get a McDonald's today? 

Aberdeen 

Bridge of Don

Bucksburn 

Kittybrewster 

Dumfries

Lochside Road 

Fife 

Bankhead Park, Glenrothes 

Fife Leisure Park, Dunfermline 

Fife Central Retail Park, Kirkcaldy 

Queensway Industrial Estate, Glenrothes

Glasgow

Crow Road

Finnieston 

Maryhill

Pollokshaws

Robroyston 

Springburn 

Inverness

Ishes Retail Park 

Irvine 

Riverway Retail Park

Stevenston Hawkhill Retail Park 

Perth 

Dunkeld Road

Broxden Roundabout 

What can I order? 

The fast food chain is currently operating with a limited menu due to having less staff in kitchen areas at one time.

This still includes fan favourites such as Big Macs and McNuggets - but sadly there are no breakfast options.

Again, this is down to fewer staff and also restaurants operating under reduced hours of 11am until 10pm.

The fast food chain is currently operating with a limited menu due to having less staff in kitchen areas at one time.

This still includes fan favourites such as Big Macs and McNuggets - but sadly there are no breakfast options.

Again, this is down to fewer staff and also restaurants operating under reduced hours of 11am until 10pm.

McDonald's has also introduced a spending limit of £25 on Uber Eats and at drive-thrus to try and control the high number of orders.

This spending limit doesn't include the delivery fee when ordering from Uber Eats.

Dining areas will remain closed to the public, so you can't sit inside and eat.

McDonald's has also suspended its click and collect service via the My McDonald's app.