Several Tesco employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at a large distribution center where 1,800 employees provide 318 stores.
The warehouse, in Livingston, West Lothian, confirmed that a “small number” of colleagues who tested positive for the virus are now self-isolating at home.
Tesco added that it had implemented measures at the two million square foot property to ensure social distancing, with masks, hand sanitizer and gloves available to staff.
The distribution center supplies 318 Tesco branches in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East of England, with 3.6 million boxes of product passing through each week.
Several Tesco employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at a large distribution center where 1,800 employees provide 318 stores. Pictured: Livingston Distribution Center
It is open year round and employs around 1,800 people, the Mirror reported.
A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘The small number of colleagues who tested positive for Covid-19 at our Livingston distribution center are self-isolating and their close contacts have been informed.
“We take the health and safety of our colleagues very seriously and work closely with public health authorities.
“We have measures in place to ensure that colleagues stay two meters from each other in our centers and that hand sanitizers, masks, gloves and visors are available for all colleagues. .
It comes after food producer Greencore announced the temporary closure of its Northampton factory for at least two weeks after 292 employees tested positive for the virus.
The move left the refrigerated aisles empty of lunchtime favorites like shrimp mayonnaise, BLT and chicken salad sandwiches for shoppers and office workers across the country.
The warehouse, in Livingston, West Lothian, confirmed that a “small number” of colleagues who tested positive for the virus are now self-isolating at home. Pictured: Stock Image
Sandwich fridges at some M&S branches were pictured last week with blinds folded over them, with supermarket staff correcting a note on empty shelves nearby blaming supply issues for lack of choice.
The note reads: “We are sorry for the lack of availability in our range of sandwiches. We are working hard to put them back in stock as soon as possible.
A huge chicken factory in Norfolk was also forced to close last month after 75 workers tested positive for the coronavirus. This resulted in 350 families isolated from Covid.
Banham Poultry, in the village of Attleborough, has voluntarily agreed to shut down its cutting room following an outbreak of the virus.
The first case of Covid was reported last Friday, when a worker said he was not feeling well. On Monday, seven of the 15 tested were carriers of the virus.
Nearly 400 workers have now been tested, although officials say any potential geographic spread of the Banham Poultry virus is low.
And in June, a “major” epidemic struck more than 100 workers at a British meat factory supplying chicken to KFC and M&S.