Royal Mail delivery office in Swindon is forced to close amid coronavirus outbreak as 1,000 staff are sent home after worker tested positive for Covid-19
- Royal Mail said yesterday it had to shut the delivery centre in Swindon, Wiltshire
- But it emerged plant has temporarily closed after staff member tested positive
- It means that up to six postcode areas will not receive deliveries until tomorrow
- A deep clean has since been carried out at facility after 1,000 workers sent home
An outbreak of coronavirus has closed a Royal Mail delivery office – potentially leaving thousands of people without post.
The firm said yesterday it had been forced to shut the centre in Swindon, Wiltshire, due to ‘resourcing issues’.
But it has now emerged that the plant has temporarily ceased operations after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
This means that up to six local postcode areas will not receive any deliveries until tomorrow – at the earliest.
A deep clean has since been carried out at the facility after 1,000 workers were sent home.
The firm said yesterday it had been forced to shut the centre in Swindon, Wiltshire (pictured), due to ‘resourcing issues’
A spokesman for Royal Mail said: ‘Following a positive test for coronavirus at the Swindon Delivery Office, we have closed the office as a precautionary measure.
‘During this time we have carried out an enhanced clean of the building.
‘We are working to keep disruption to mail deliveries to a minimum as we address the concerns of our colleagues.
‘Throughout this crisis, every decision we make puts the health of our people and customers first.
‘We have put in place a range of preventive measures to protect both our customers and our colleagues.
‘As well as encouraging good hand hygiene, standard ways of working have been revised to ensure that colleagues stay two metres apart at all times.
But it has now emerged that the plant has temporarily ceased operations after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 (file photo)
‘All staff have been briefed about the social distancing measures jointly agreed by local management and the CWU.
‘This has been supplemented with visible reminders such as posters and one-way floor markings.
‘In addition there is only one person permitted in a Royal Mail delivery vehicle at any one time.’
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