McDonald's Restaurant In Local Lockdown Area Forced To Shut As Staff Test Positive For Coronavirus
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.
"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."
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."
Last night I had to announce local action to tackle a spread in #coronavirus.
We take this step with a heavy heart, but it is so important that people follow the social distancing rules so that we can control the virus & save lives.https://t.co/uAWxc09o7q pic.twitter.com/UtGoCEVTuo
- Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 31, 2020
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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