Yate Factory closes as several staff test positive for Covid-19

Whirlpool Factory in Yate has closed after a number of staff tested positive for Covid-19

The factory has now been closed for over a week, following the outbreak of coronavirus amongst staff at the site.

The Whirlpool Factory was closed after the first employee tested positive on May, 3. Subsequent positive test results for Covid-19 of staff members, have since been reported .

In a statement, a Whirlpool spokesman said:

“On May 3, one of our colleagues at our factory in Yate, South Gloucestershire tested positive for Covid-19.

“As a precautionary measure, we decided to temporarily close the facility and carry out a deep clean and a range of other steps.

“Since then a small number of other staff members have also tested positive with the virus.

“Our thoughts are with all these colleagues and their families at this time and we wish them all a swift recovery.

“The factory has remained closed since and will not be reopening this week.”

Whirlpool said it would continue to monitor the situation daily.

“The plant will only reopen and resume production when assessments show it is safe to do so.

“People’s safety is always our top priority, especially that of our dedicated colleagues. We have been closely following official advice on workplace practices and social distancing in relation to Covid-19 at the Yate plant and all our other facilities around the world.

“We have created additional steps at Yate including provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities and mandatory wearing of face masks.

“Temperature checks would be carried out for every employee before they are permitted on site and alterations would be made to the factory layout, workstations, offices and communal areas to allow greater social distancing.

“Production has been reduced and there are fewer staff on site, with those that can working remotely.”

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