AN Italian restaurant has been forced to close its doors after a member of staff tested positive for Covid.

Lucca Enoteca, in High Street, Manningtree, announced it has needed to close with immediate effect this afternoon (Wednesday, July 21).

A statement said: "Sadly one of our team has tested positive for Covid-19 and we have decided to close with immediate effect."

The restaurant has promised to issue an update once it has been advised by Tendring Council.

It hopes to resume its takeaway service as soon as possible.

It added: "Stay safe out there.

"Keep wearing those masks, wash your hands and go get those jabs."