Wetherspoons and KFC shut branches after staff members catch coronavirus

Coronavirus outbreaks have forced several bars and fast food restaurants to close amid rising infection rates.

Wetherspoons and KFC have been the latest chains forced to shut branches and send staff home to self-isolate, as concerns of a second wave begin to gather pace.

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

The restaurant was closed on Tuesday and scheduled to be deep cleaned, a spokesperson said. Currently only one staff member has tested positive, although all workers have been told to self-isolate.

On Friday, the William Rufus Wetherspoon pub in Botchergate, Carlisle, closed for a deep clean and 24 staff-members were told to self-isolate after a worker tested positive for Covid-19. The pub was able to reopen the following day.

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

Customers’ track-and-trace details have not yet been requested by the local authority.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said the chain had taken the decision itself to close rather than on outside advice.

He added: ‘Both the local authority and public health bodies have been very helpful and supportive.

‘Customer test and trace details have not yet been requested by the authorities but are available when needed.

‘Wetherspoon will reopen the pub as and when it can get 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 workers at the Great Bridge restaurant received positive test results.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously told Sky News he was ‘worried’ about a second wave, admitting the decrease in new coronavirus cases had ‘flattened off’.

The ‘R rate’ – or rate of infection – is now thought above one in the North West and South West and at one in the East of England, London and the South East. 

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