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McDonald’s restaurant hit by Covid outbreak stays open

McDonald’s restaurant hit by Covid outbreak stays open despite six workers testing positive for the virus

  • The workers from, Kinnaird, Edinburgh, Scotland, have been self-isolating
  • A worker said staff do not feel they are being properly protected by management
  • It comes as restaurant announced 20,000 new staff and 150 new restaurants 

Six staff at a McDonald’s branch in Scotland have tested positive for coronavirus but the restaurant remains open.

The workers from, Kinnaird, Edinburgh, have been asked to self-isolate after an outbreak began at the branch late last week when one member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Since then, others have tested positive with one, who wished to remain anonymous, saying staff do not feel they are being properly protected by management, Edinburgh Live reports.

The workers from, Kinnaird, Edinburgh, have been asked to self-isolate after an outbreak began at the branch late last week

In an email to senior staff management, it says: ‘We are confident that the measures and approach that we are taking with employees is the right one given the specific circumstances.

‘However, we wanted to let you know….and reiterate that you should continue to monitor your wellbeing as this is incredibly important to us. You should continue to follow all social distancing guidelines inside and outside of work.’

McDonald’s spokesperson, said: ‘Six employees at our Fort Kinnaird restaurant have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. As soon as we were informed, the restaurant was given an enhanced clean as a precaution and will be followed by a deep clean by an external cleaning company this evening.

‘We have contacted all restaurant employees, as well as Public Health Scotland. We have a number of safety measures in place to help keep our people safe, including perspex screens, temperature checks at the start of each shift, maintaining a two metre distance from others as much as possible, face coverings, regular hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.’

The news comes after the restaurant announced it will hire 20,000 staff and open 150 new restaurants.

Another 100 stores are also set to follow in the next two years.

The huge expansion by the firm is seen as a shrugging off of fears over the decline in footfall in the high street where it has traditionally had a large footprint.

Making the announcement, Paul Pomroy, its UK chief executive, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer an additional 20,000 people an opportunity to work with us.

The huge expansion by the firm is seen as a shrugging off of fears over the decline in footfall in the high street where it has traditionally had a large footprint

The huge expansion by the firm is seen as a shrugging off of fears over the decline in footfall in the high street where it has traditionally had a large footprint 

‘There is no doubt the pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s employment opportunities and threatened the future of high streets up and down the country.

‘Our 1,400 restaurants are run by 200 local franchisees which means we have a personal stake in every one of our communities.’

The firm said the additions are not to replace the jobs lost throughout the pandemic.

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