An employee at a KFC branch in Byker has tested positive for coronavirus, the chicken chain has confirmed.
The member of staff at the Shields Road restaurant is self-isolating at home after testing positive for the virus.
KFC said a number of other employees from the branch are also self-isolating and being tested, despite not showing any symptoms.
The restaurant in Newcastle is remaining open.
A KFC spokesperson said: “A team member at our Shields Road restaurant has tested positive for coronavirus.
“They’re currently self-isolating at home, in line with the government regulations – and it goes without saying we’re wishing them a full and speedy recovery.
“Although the team member did not work whilst showing symptoms and no one else has reported feeling unwell, a number of our other team members who had been in contact are now self-isolating and being tested.
“This is an isolated incident and we’re doing all we can to support our teams, including following all the necessary guidance to maintain a safe, clean environment for both our teams and guests.”
Government guidance says that a pub or restaurant which has been confirmed as having a positive case or cases of Covid-19 won’t necessarily need to close, as it will depend on the circumstances.
The current guidance says: “If anyone develops symptoms of COVID-19 in the business or workplace they should be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance and seek a test.
“If a member of staff has helped someone who has developed symptoms of COVID-19, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves. They should wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.
“If the person who has been sent home is subsequently confirmed as having COVID-19, they may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate.
“It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home unless you are advised to do so following investigation by the relevant authorities. You should keep monitoring the government response to COVID-19 for further updates.”