Greggs has temporarily ceased production at one of its main factories following a coronavirus outbreak – but insisted that supplies to shops won’t be affected.
The company confirmed that a “small number” of the 300 workers at its plant near Newcastle tested positive for Covid-19, prompting management to halt production.
Greggs is now working with local public health teams to minimise the impact on the wider community. Currently around two million people are under tighter restrictions in the North East due to rising infection rates.
Greggs told Sky News that the business had a large reserve of frozen stock which would ensure suppliers to its 2,000 shops won’t be affected by the closure.
A spokesperson said: “Following a small number of colleagues having tested positive for Covid-19 at our Balliol manufacturing facility, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop production as a precautionary measure to keep our teams as safe as possible. We do not foresee any stock shortages in our shops at this time.”
The site will undergo a deep clean before it is reopened.