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Dagenham McDonald’s closes after three workers test positive for Covid-19

The McDonald’s is located in Whalebone Lane South (credit: Google Maps)

Concerns have been raised after three staff members at McDonald’s in Dagenham tested positive for coronavirus, with one of them allegedly going into work for almost a week despite feeling unwell.

A large number of staff from the restaurant in Whalebone Lane South have been told to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into contact with the infected staff members, with a family member of one, who does not wish to be named, fearing it could lead to a local outbreak of Covid-19.

Social media posts have been shared with Time 107.5FM which suggest one of the members of staff had said they had been feeling unwell since Thursday, 20 August.

They reportedly continued going into work and discovered on Wednesday, 26 August that they had tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “This week we proactively decided to temporarily close our Dagenham Fs-Dt restaurant as a precautionary measure following three of our employees testing positive for Covid-19.

“We have contacted all restaurant employees, as well as Public Health England. 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.”

He added that the McDonald’s also has a number of saefty measures in place to keep staff and customers safe. Measures for employees include perspex screens, temperature checks at the start of each shift, maintaining a two metre distance from others as often as possible, wearing face coverings, regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser

Restuarants also display signs instructing customers on how to share their details for the purpose of the government track and trace scheme, he said.

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