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CBS Packaging closes for 14 days due to Covid-19 outbreak

Coronavirus impacting business, symbolic image
Coronavirus impacting business, symbolic image
28 Jul 2020 − 

British corrugated packaging producer CBS Packaging has shut its doors to combat a coronavirus outbreak at its plant in West Bromwich.

The Sandwell Council reported on 22 July that over a third of the workforce – 49 out of 117 employees – have tested positive for Covid-19. Therefore the company decided to close for 14 days to support infection control measures decided among the outbreak control team, which includes the company, Sandwell Council, Public Health England (PHE) Midlands, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and Walsall Council.

Sandwell Council’s Director of Public Health Dr Lisa McNally said: “CBS bosses have taken the decision to voluntarily close because they are as determined as we are to get on top of this outbreak. The company has co-operated with public health partners and assure us they are doing everything they can to comply with the advice and measures recommended. It’s now very important that all CBS staff members self-isolate at home. This will help prevent anyone else becoming ill. We would like to appeal to all businesses to contact us straight away if they have two or more cases of Covid-19 in their workplace.”

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