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McDonald's Restaurant In Local Lockdown Area Forced To Shut As Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus

McDonald's Restaurant In Local Lockdown Area Forced To Shut As Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus

A McDonald's restaurant has been forced to temporarily close after five members of staff contract the coronavirus.

The employees work at a branch in Stockport town centre, Greater Manchester, where there is a local lockdown in place - but restaurants are still able to open.

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A McDonald's spokesperson told LADbible: "We have proactively decided to temporarily close our Stockport restaurant as a precautionary measure following a rise of Covid-19 cases in the local area with five of our employees testing positive.

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"We have been in contact with all the restaurant employees and also with Public Health England and the Environmental Health Officer.

"As with all of the decisions we have made across this unprecedented period, the safety of our people and customers is our absolute priority, and we will re-open as soon as we feel we can."

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Stock image. Credit: PA

Last week it was announced that people from different households in Greater Manchester will no longer be able to meet indoors.

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Following spikes in the number of cases of Covid-19, lockdown measures in the region have been tightened.

Speaking about the decision, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.

"So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.

"We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of Covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe."

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He added: "We're constantly vigilant and we've been looking at the data and unfortunately we've seen across parts of Northern England an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.

"So today I held a meeting of the Government's Gold Committee and working with local leaders including for instance Andy Burnham the mayor of Greater Manchester, we've decided that we need to action across Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

"So from midnight tonight (Friday 31 July) we are banning households meeting up indoors."

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]