Photos and videos of the sign in Guangzhou, China, caused outrage as they circulated on social media.
The sign has been removed, and McDonald’s has since shut down the location, saying in a statement that the sign is “not representative of our inclusive values.”
McDonald’s said it temporarily closed the store to “further educate managers and employees on our values, which includes serving all members of the communities in which we operate.”
This is just the latest racial tension between Africans and locals in the city of Guangzhou, which has the largest African community in China, amid the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, according to CNN, Africans in the city have been evicted from their homes and turned away from hotels due to fears of spreading the virus.