GERMANY; Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Other divisions at the slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück may resume operations, but production is not included. Meanwhile Tönnies announces a Covid-19 infection in Weißenfels.
After the administration area and the day-care centre on the company grounds, the technical services at Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück may now also resume operations. This was announced by the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück on Thursday evening. The area of technical services will be released in order to give the company the opportunity to implement further measures within the scope of hygiene protection, the city administration justified the decision. The technical staff and corresponding specialist companies may re-enter the company premises and carry out necessary work such as the installation of protective elements in canteen areas and parts of the production. In addition, a new filter technology will be installed. After the hygiene expert Prof. Martin Exner had identified recirculation cooling as a possible, significant cause of the mass corona infections in the Tönnies parent plant, this can be considered an important point for the resumption of operations.
Test of the new ventilation system on Sunday
The decision to also let the technical staff resume their work is a result of the authorities' meeting at Tönnies on Thursday. At this meeting, "the further revised and substantially supplemented hygiene concept of the Tönnies company was discussed", the town continued. The concept takes into account "all essential parts of the company group".
Among other things, measures to improve the ambient air, i.e. filter systems, were evaluated with an expert opinion. On Sunday, the new ventilation system was to be subjected to a so-called "cold smoke analysis". This would serve as the basis for the external experts' assessment.
Contract workers under quarantine
The representatives of the company announced that further applications would be made at short notice to open up the areas of convenience, mail order logistics and Tevex logistics. The authorities involved would decide on these applications "as quickly as possible" in consultation with one another.
Also on Thursday, Tönnies announced that a contract worker from Romania had tested positive for the corona virus at the Weißenfels site in Saxony-Anhalt. The employee had found himself in previous mass tests during vacation; the other approximately 2,400 tests had all given negative results. According to further information, the employee who tested positive and his wife are under domestic quarantine; five contact persons identified so far are being tested.