JLR Reports Coronavirus Outbreak At Halewood Plant

Staff at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant are self-isolating after it was confirmed that there had been a small outbreak of COVID-19.

According to Business Live, the outbreak is understood to only affected a small group of employees at the plant in Merseyside, which has thousands of workers, and operations are continuing as normal at the site.

In a statement on 9 September, a spokesperson for JLR said: “We can confirm that a small number of employees based at our Halewood manufacturing facility have tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating.”

The statement added that through contact tracing and working with Public Health England, the company has been able to identify anyone who has been in close contact with the infected individuals, and they are now also self-isolating.

“The health of our workforce remains our primary concern and a deep clean of the area has been undertaken. We continue to follow all government and NHS advice,” the statement concluded.

JLR has instituted safeguarding measures at the Halewood plant, including frequent deep cleaning, providing reusable masks and visors, hand sanitiser, and conducting regular temperature checks.

The outbreak at Halewood comes as there is a confirmed increase in coronavirus cases across Merseyside, and warnings of a potential local lockdown, possibly within the next week.

In Knowsley, where the Halewood plant is located, there were 65 new cases in the week up to 6 September, a four-fold increase on the previous week.

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