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Taco Bell mandates employee temperature checks, contactless payments at U.S. outlets

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April 9 (Reuters) - Taco Bell said on Thursday it was implementing temperature checks and contactless payments among other measures across U.S. restaurants over the next month, as it looks to address safety concerns among workers laboring through the coronavirus crisis.

The company said it would require all employees in U.S. restaurants to wear gloves and masks or coverings mandated by local authorities.

The virus outbreak in the United States is decimating the restaurant industry as scared customers cook at home instead of eating out and governments force restaurants to shut dining rooms and switch to drive-thru, delivery and take-out only.

Restaurant Brands last month said it was deploying 15,000 infrared thermometers at Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeye outlets, while Starbucks has said its delivery staff have their temperature taken daily. (https://reut.rs/2UYC8k5)

McDonald's Corp has closed many of its dine-in sections and play areas and last week, rolled out daily wellness checks for employees and said it would to make thermometers available to all restaurants. (https://bit.ly/3b13ICI).

(Reporting by Saumya Sibi Joseph in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)