A number of employees are self-isolating after a Covid-19 outbreak at a Northumberland cake decorating company.
Culpitt Limited has confirmed that it currently has eight confirmed cases after an employee first confirmed that he tested positive on Friday.
The Ashington-headquartered company said it had thoroughly cleaned all areas that could have been affected and had put in “strict measures” to prevent the spread of the virus.
A spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a first incident on Friday September 18 where a member of staff informed us that they had tested positive for Covid-19.
“We currently have less than 10 cases with some staff self-isolating as advised by Public Health England. Public Health England has been involved from the start and we continue to work closely with them to ensure that we take all necessary action.
“In addition, we immediately hired a deep cleaning specialist to disinfect any areas that might have been affected.
“Since the onset of Covid-19, we have put in place strict measures that meet all government guidelines and we continue to regularly educate our employees on the importance of best hygiene practices and social distancing measures on the workplace. “
On Tuesday, Boris Johnson warned the UK was at a ‘perilous turn’ in the battle against the coronavirus as it abandoned efforts to bring more workers back to offices, ordered wider use of face masks and enforced a 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants.
And he warned the new curbs could last six months – taking them well beyond Christmas – “unless we make tangible progress.”
The Prime Minister told MPs: “We have always known that while we could have rolled back the virus, the prospect of a second wave was real.
“I am sorry to say that, like in Spain and France and many other countries, we have reached a perilous turning point.”
The measures Mr Johnson spelled out to limit the spread of the virus included:
– Asking office workers who can work from home, although construction workers, retail staff and people performing essential services should continue to come to their place of work.
– From Thursday, pubs, bars and restaurants will only be served at the table and reception areas will be subject to a closing time of 10 p.m.
– Face coverings will be required for retail sales staff, taxi passengers and hotel customers, except when seated.
– Covid’s secure guidelines will become legal obligations for retail, leisure and tourism businesses, with businesses facing the risk of fines or closure for non-compliance.
– From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions.
– The rule of six will be extended to cover indoor team sports, such as five-a-side football.
– Plans to allow business conferences and sporting events from October 1 have been suspended.