A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We have proactively decided to temporarily close our Stockport restaurant as a precaution 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. “
The outbreak comes amid a worrying increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Greater Manchester.
The latest figures from Public Health England show the Stockport coronavirus infection rate more than tripled, from 8.2 infections per 100,000 people on July 22 to 26 per 100,000 people a week later.
Infection rates are also rising in eight of Greater Manchester’s other nine boroughs, prompting authorities to declare a “major incident” in the region last night.
Stockport MP Navendu Mishra told the Manchester Evening News he wrote to McDonald’s expressing concerns about the outbreak after being contacted by concerned staff.
He said, “My primary concern is the health and safety of staff, customers and family members of staff.
“As a community, we expect a company with the resources of McDonald’s to implement A * safety measures.
“If that turns out not to be the case, we should all ask ourselves why.
“My advice to all McDonald’s workers is to join the bakers’ union to protect themselves and their families. ”
Mr Mishra also tweeted: ‘Concerned members of staff at @McDonaldsUK Wellington Rd Sth have contacted me to inform me of an outbreak of # Covid19 among workers.
“I reached out to management and spoke with @FastfoodRights @ bfawu1 about how best to protect workers and our community.
“Health must come before profit. ”
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