Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons turn off self-serve soda fountains

Helping yourself to free refills at your local fast-food joint could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the coronavirus.

As it begins to reopen some 15,000 Burger King, Popeye’s and Tim Hortons locations across North America, fast-food giant Restaurant Brands International said Tuesday it’s zeroing in on areas vulnerable to infection — including soda fountains where customers can refill their cups as many times as they want.

“We have turned off our self-serve soda fountains and are offering beverages, extra condiments and trays from the behind the front counter,” Restaurant Brands’ Chief Executive Jose Cil wrote in an open letter on Tuesday.

The company has “fully embraced the notion that parts of our restaurants need to change – certainly, for the foreseeable future and possibly forever,” Cil added.

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