GERMANY, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The employees in the dismantling department in Rheda-Wiedenbrück may gradually resume their work.
The 2,700 or so employees in the cutting of pigs, sows and ancillary areas may now enter the Tönnies factory premises in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and gradually resume their work. This was announced by the mayor of Rheda-Wiedenbrück this Thursday evening.
Prior to this, authorities had examined the hygiene concept in the area, including Plexiglas separating discs or special filter systems. Today on friday the dismantling department will resume work on a trial basis. No more than 10,000 animals may be slaughtered, dismembered and processed. After that, a gradual "ramp-up" of the area is conceivable. This will be determined after the evaluation of today's trial operation, according to the city administration of Rheda-Wiedenbrück.
Increased risk of infection
According to the authorities, the cutting department had previously shown an increased risk of infection. At Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, more than 1,400 employees tested positive for the corona virus in June. The authorities then ordered a production stop at the plant for a good four weeks.
The resumption of dismantling is subject to increased hygiene and safety regulations, such as the wearing of face masks, the erection of Plexiglas partition walls and special filtering measures. In addition, all employees are tested for corona twice a week. There are requirements for living quarters and the transport of staff to work.