KFC closes branch in Somerset after worker fell ill with coronavirus as customers receive testing and follow-up texts from NHS
- The restaurant in Glastonbury, Somerset has been closed for deep cleaning
- Restaurant staff have been asked to get tested for the coronavirus
- Customers who ate at KFC said they received test and follow-up texts from the NHS
A KFC restaurant has been closed for deep cleaning after a member of staff fell ill with the coronavirus – with customers reporting receiving test and trace texts from the NHS.
Glastonbury fast food restaurant had to close after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to self-isolate at home.
Customers who ate at the Somerset branch, which closed on July 28 for a thorough cleaning, said they received text messages from the NHS test and tracing system.
The restaurant in Glastonbury, Somerset pictured was closed for thorough cleaning on July 28 after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus
Patrons at the fried chicken restaurant took to social media after receiving the texts to tell them they had come into contact with someone with coronavirus.
A KFC spokesperson told the Mirror other staff have been asked to test for the virus – but insisted no one else tested positive.
She said restaurants were following all necessary guidelines and had been closed for “disinfection and deep cleaning”.
Five McDonald’s employees at The Great Bridge restaurant in the West Midlands tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, forcing it to close.
The KFC branch was forced to close for a deep clean, with customers receiving test and tracing messages from the NHS, but a company spokesperson said the restaurant was following all necessary guidelines.
The NHS test and trace texts will alert anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.
People who receive this text will have to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive.
A new app is slated to be rolled out by winter and will alert users if someone tests positive for the virus at their local pub or restaurant.
Baroness Harding vowed the technology would be available in time for winter – and would have a barcode recognition system, allowing users to scan their phones as they entered pubs, restaurants or stores. .
Customers who ate at KFC said they received text messages from the NHS testing and traceability system and a spokesperson said other staff were asked to get tested.