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McDonald’s Temporarily Shuts Down China Location After Workers Banned Blacks From Entering Amid COVID-19 Pandemic + Wet Markets Reopen In Wuhan

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Black people were banned from entering a McDonald’s in China. A video has gone viral showing a sign that was posted in the restaurant that said black people could not enter.  Now, the fast food giant is responding. Get it all inside…

McDonald’s is now speaking out after a sign banning black people from entering has gone viral. And we're glad they are because, chile, the audacity.

A video on social media shows a notice inside of a McDonald’s in Guangzhou, China that reads:




“We’ve been informed that from now on black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant," part of the sign reads.

Nope, this isn't a prank. It's real.

So real that after McDonald’s caught wind of what was going on, the sign was removed from the location and the company temporarily shut down the restaurant. Afterwards, they issued a statement saying the note does "not representative of our inclusive values.”

“Immediately upon learning of an unauthorized communication to our guests at a restaurant in Guangzhou, we immediately removed the communication and temporarily closed the restaurant,” McDonald’s said in a statement.

The fast food giant also said during the restaurant's closure, they’ll "further educate managers and employees on our values, which includes serving all members of the communities in which we operate."

Tensions have been running high in Guangzhou between Africans and local people in the city. Last week, hundreds of Africans in Guangzhou were kicked out of hotels and apartments amid the pandemic, which is largely believed to have began in Wuhan, China where SARS strains (which Coronavirus is) are found in the bats that are often eaten there.

According to the South China Morning Post, government officials revealed there were 10 COVID-19 cases linked to a business district known as “Little Africa,” with 5 cases linked to one restaurant in the city. The city of Guangzhou claims to have tallied 111 imported cases.

The government then announced all residents of African descent (about 4,500 people) have to quarantine for 14 days “regardless of their previous circumstances or how long they have been in Guangzhou.”

And get this, the government said that African residents’ homes will be monitored with tracking devices that will alert officials if they “open the door.” WHET?!

The ban is what caused the ripple effect of discrimination against blacks in the city. It’s reported healthcare workers went door-to-door to test Africans for COVID-19 regardless of whether they were showing any symptoms, have traveled, or have been in contact with infected people.

No word on how they're treating Chinese natives, but we can guess it's certainly not the same way.

It’s said Guangzhou has the largest African community in China, but their community has been dwindling in recent years. And now we see why...

In other news...

Wet markets in Wuhan, China have been reopened.

According to reports, more than 90% of the stalls have resumed business following the lift of the Coronavirus lockdown. The virus was traced back to a wet market in Wuhan, China, which was once the epicenter of the deadly virus. Officials have banned the trading of live wild animals or livestock to prevent the spread. Signs for various beef, pork and poultry products are now back on display as the Baishazhou market is one of the city's main food wholesale markets.

According to Yangtze Net, they're taking extra precautionary methods like customers and vendors must have their temperature taken by health workers at the entrances of the market. They must also use an official health app to prove they don't have Coronavirus before being allowed in.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison blasted the World Health Organization over its support for the reopening of wet markets in Wuhan.

“I think that’s unfathomable, frankly. We need to protect the world against potential sources of outbreaks of these types of viruses,” Morrison told the Nine Network television station. “It’s happened too many times. I’m totally puzzled by this decision. We don’t have them here in Australia, and I’m just puzzled by that decision,” he added.

We're confused by this as well, especially since wet markets have been largely looked down upon due to hygeine and unregulated "food" for years.

Peep his interview below: 


Photo: Sorbis/Shutterstock.com


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