Wetherspoons and KFC shut down branches after staff contracted coronavirus


Coronavirus cases at Wetherspoons and KFC have resulted in branch closures (Image: Google Maps)

Coronavirus outbreaks have forced several bars and fast food restaurants to close in the face of rising infection rates.

Wetherspoons and KFC were the latest chains to close branches and send staff home to isolate themselves, as concerns of a second wave begin to accelerate.

Customers who visited Glastonbury KFC were notified by the NHS after a member of staff tested positive for the virus.

The restaurant was closed on Tuesday and should be thoroughly cleaned, a spokesperson said. At present, only one staff member has tested positive, although all workers have been asked to self-isolate.

The William Rufus Wetherspoon pub in Botchergate, Carlisle on Friday closed for a thorough cleaning and 24 staff were asked to self-isolate after a worker tested positive for Covid-19. The pub was able to reopen the next day.

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Glastonbury KFC has shut down KFC customers received text messages from the NHS after eating at a restaurant that had to close when a staff member caught coronavirus. Google maps

KFC in Glastonbury closed and customers who had visited received text messages from the NHS after a staff member caught coronavirus (Image: Google Maps)

The staff member was working in the pub on July 24-28. He tested on July 21 and his positive result came back on July 30.

Customer tracking details have not yet been requested by the local authority.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said the channel made the decision itself to shut down rather than on outside advice.

He added: “Local authorities and public health organizations have been very helpful and supportive.

“Details of testing and tracing clients have not yet been requested by authorities but are available if needed.

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - JULY 4: An NHS test and trace form is displayed at the entrance to the Regal Moon JD Wetherspoons pub on July 4, 2020 in Rochdale, England. The UK government has announced that pubs, hotels and restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4, provided they meet social distancing and sanitation guidelines. (Photo by Anthony Devlin / Getty Images)

A spokesperson for Wetherspoons said the local authority has yet to request details of customer tracking and tracing (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“Wetherspoon will reopen the pub as and when it can secure the number of staff needed to do so safely. ”

Meanwhile, a McDonald’s branch in Sandwell, West Midlands, was forced to close on Wednesday. Five employees of the Great Bridge restaurant have received positive test results.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously told Sky News he was “worried” about a second wave, admitting that the decline in new coronavirus cases had “flattened”.

The “R-rate” – or infection rate – is now considered to be greater than one in the North West and South West and one in East England, London and the South East.

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