The restaurant at Great Bridge in Sandwell, Weest Midlands, was said to have closed as a precaution. A sign on the front of the door said this was due to “maintenance”. However, the firm confirmed the incident today.
A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “We have pro actively decided to temporarily close our Great Bridge 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.”
A sign on the front of the store said: “Sorry, this restaurant is temporarily closed for maintenance.
“We apologise for any incovnience. Your nearest McDonald’s is located as Castlegate Dudley.”
There has recently been a spike of cases in the Sandwell area.
In total 90 people have tested positive in the past seven days.
The area’s public health department warned there could be a lockdown.
DIrector of public health Lisa McNally said: “It depends what happens to the infection rate.
“We have had 90 cases in the last week – that’s approaching ten times the rate we saw in June, when rates were very low.
“If it continues to rise at that rate over the next two to three weeks, we will be looking at a full lockdown.
“It is the Government that decides we have reached a level that requires a local lockdown – and rates would have to go higher, but not much higher. It’s a serious situation.”