12 McDonald’s restaurants closed in Victoria after delivery driver tests positive for COVID-19
18.05.2020

12 McDonald’s restaurants closed in Victoria after delivery driver tests positive for COVID-19

Words by Kate Streader

The driver visited a dozen McDonald’s restaurants across Melbourne’s north and western suburbs.

Twelve McDonald’s restaurants in Melbourne have been closed for deep cleaning after a truck driver for an external company tested positive for COVID-19.

While the driver only came into contact with a small number of staff members across the 12 locations, those who were working at the times of the deliveries have been asked not to return to work for 14 days and to get tested as a precautionary measure.

The new case appears to be linked to previous outbreaks at McDonald’s restaurants in Fawkner and Craigieburn, with the driver having come into contact with the previously announced Craigieburn case. The driver was asymptomatic before testing positive.

The Fawkner outbreak was linked to ten cases of COVID-19 and has seen hundreds of staff members asked to self-isolate.

The stores affected are located in Melton East, Laverton North, Yallambie, Taylors Lake, Campbellfield, Sunbury, Hoppers Crossing, Riverdale Village, Sandown, Calder Highway inbound and outbound and BP Rockbank Service Centre outbound.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s told ABC the locations would reopen once sterilization is completed and replacement workers are available.

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