Fast food giant McDonald’s has confirmed a worker at one of its Stoke-on-Trent drive-thrus has tested positive for coronavirus.
Now bosses have moved to reassure diners all measures were taken to keep them safe with those who had eaten in being contacted through track and trace.
McDonald’s supremo Eddie Leligdowicz – who runs 13 franchises across the area – explained that his employee had worked up until Saturday, August 1 before calling in sick and undergoing a test the following Monday after displaying mild symptoms.
He said: “One of our employees who was working up until Saturday but then on Monday she started feeling unwell and called in sick.
“She underwent a Covid test and found out on Tuesday that the result was positive.
“As a precaution we undertook a deep clean on that day but we remained open.
“No other worker has tested positive and there have been no issues at the restaurant.
“We have systems in place to manage the situation and have followed the correct procedures.
“We enacted track and trace to contact diners to let them know the situation.
“We also went through all the welfare checks with our employees and are keeping in touch with the member of staff in question.
“At all my restaurants we uphold the guidelines with regular hand cleaning and social distancing measures to protect our staff and customers.
“In this case it seems to have worked well. We did as much as we could under the circumstances and there is no issue for the public at large.”
Several concerned customers had contacted StokeonTrentLive after being told about the positive case.
One said: “It’s definitely a worry as I eat their regularly. I would have expected them to have closed at least for a few days. I hope the staff member makes a speedy recovery.”