McDonald’s of Canada says that an employee at one of its Whitby branches tested positive for COVID-19.
They say the person works at the restaurant on Thickson Road and tested positive on Tuesday.
The company says the restaurant was immediately closed “out of caution”.
They say a third party cleaning company will be brought in for full sanitation.
The restaurant will remain closed until Public Health Ontario authorizes its reopening.
The company says the affected employee worked on March 11 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
All employees who may have been in close contact with the person who tested positive were asked to self-quarantine until more information is available.
Anyone who visited the restaurant on March 11 should contact public health to determine the next steps.
The company says it will provide an update as more information becomes available.
McDonald’s full statement can be found below:
At McDonald’s Canada, our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees and guests – that is at the heart of everything we do.
On Tuesday March 24, an employee of 1484 Thickson, Whitby, ON reported a positive test for COVID-19. We are in contact with Public Health Ontario to confirm this report. As a precaution, McDonald’s of Canada decided to immediately close the restaurant for thorough cleaning and sanitation by third-party cleaning experts, WINMAR. The restaurant will reopen after instructions from Public Health Ontario.
All crew members who may have been in close contact with the employee were asked to self-quarantine until further information is available. The employee worked March 11 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
If you visited the restaurant on March 11, please seek advice from Ontario Public Health experts by visiting their website at https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus
We continue to work with Ontario Public Health to support our employees and guests and will update this statement as more information becomes available to health authorities.