Great Bridge McDonald’s closes after staff members test positive for coronavirus

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A McDonald’s restaurant in Sandwell has been forced to temporarily close after a number of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The Great Bridge branch has closed as a “precautionary measure” following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, with five McDonald’s employees testing positive.

McDonald’s says the safety of its employees and customers is its top priority and will reopen the branch as soon as possible.

It comes after a spike in cases in Sandwell – with positive tests run at nearly ten times the rate last month.

Ninety people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past seven days, triggering a stern warning from Dr Lisa McNally, Sandwell’s director of public health.

She said the next few weeks were crucial and if cases continued to rise rapidly, Sandwell could be subject to lockdown.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We have proactively decided to temporarily close our Great Bridge restaurant as a precautionary measure following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region, with five of our employees testing positive.

“We have been in contact with all the restaurant employees as well as with Public Health England and the environmental health manager.

“As with all decisions we have made during this unprecedented time, the safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we will reopen as soon as we feel possible. “

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