A McDonald’s restaurant in Stockport was reportedly forced to close after five of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Welling Road South branch was closed as a “precautionary measure”, the Manchester Evening News (MEN) reported.
It comes as the laws underlying the new lockdown restrictions for Greater Manchester, parts of eastern Lancashire and West Yorkshire have yet to be implemented four days after the rules were introduced, the government admitted .
A McDonald’s spokesperson told MEN the decision was made “as a precaution” following an increase in Covid-19 cases in the region, along with five of their employees who tested positive.
The spokesperson added: “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. ”
A guide released on Friday said it would be illegal for people from different households to meet in a private home or garden – unless they are part of a support bubble – and warned against £ 100 fines for those breaking the rules.
The new restrictions apply to Greater Manchester, including the city of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.
However, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has yet to confirm that new laws have been implemented to put the rules into effect.
The department told the PA news agency on Monday afternoon that it was trying to make the changes legally binding as soon as possible, but insisted the rules were still in effect from July 31.