A McDonald’s restaurant in Greater Manchester has had to shut because of a coronavirus outbreak among staff

A McDonalds restaurant has been temporarily closed after a coronavirus outbreak among staff.

Five workers at the branch in Stockport town centre have tested postive for Covid-19, McDonald’s have confirmed.

The Wellington Road South restaurant was closed on Sunday.

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “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.”

The latest figures from Public Health England show Stockport’s coronavirus infection rate more than trebled from 8.2 infections per 100,000 people on July 22 to 26 per 100,000 people a week later.

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Infection rates are also rising in eight of the other nine boroughs in Greater Manchester leading the authorities to last night declare a ‘major incident’ in the region.

Stockport MP Navendu Mishra told the Manchester Evening News he had written to McDonald’s to raise his concerns about the outbreak after being contacted by worried members of staff.

He said: “My main concern is the health and safety of staff members, customers and family members of the workforce.

“As a community we expect a company with McDonald’s’ resources to have A* safety measures in place.

The McDonalds on Wellington Road South closed on Sunday
(Image: ABNM Photography)

“If this turns out not to be the case we should all ask why.

“My advice to all workers in McDonald’s is to join the Bakers Union to protect themselves and their families.”

Mr Mishra also tweeted: “Worried members of staff at @McDonaldsUK Wellington Rd Sth have contacted me to inform me of a #Covid19 outbreak amongst workers.

“I have contacted management & discussed with @FastfoodRights @bfawu1how best to protect workers and our community.

“Health must come before profit.”

|Ma Evening Post