WORRIED staff at the Greenock branch of Halfords are self-isolating after a colleague tested positive for coronavirus.

A source close to staff at the Waterfront Retail Park Customhouse Quay store told the Tele that a manager who visited staff last week tested positive for Covid later the same day.

Staff involved were told to self-isolate and the premises were closed down for deep-cleaning.

An insider claimed that they were informed would receive statutory sick pay of just £80 a week for the duration of the isolation period.

But this is disputed by bosses from the company.

The source said: "It just doesn't sit right with me.

"It's ridiculous that they're getting just £80 a week in the six weeks before Christmas.

"I heard that the person who treated positive wasn't wearing a mask.

"Everyone makes mistakes but that's putting employees in real danger.

"Halfords have put their staff in danger.

"Why should employees be penalised for that by getting the lowest level of sick pay?"

The company insist the self-isolating staff will receive full pay for the period of isolation.

A spokesman confirmed that the store had fully reopened and was safe to visit - and said that any customers who have been in recently should call NHS 111.

Halfords said: "We can confirm that a colleague from our Greenock branch was diagnosed with coronavirus on Wednesday November 11.

"In accordance with official guidelines, the store was shut for 24 hours for a deep clean, and the infected colleague and those who had been in contact with him were sent home to self-isolate.

"If customers have any concerns and have visited the store affected recently then they should call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest information."