13/05/2020 Statement in response to the open letter from GMB to BMBC

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “Firstly, I’d like to wish those who have contracted the virus a speedy recovery. ASOS made us aware that since the outbreak, nine their workers had tested positive for the virus. They followed, or are following the self-isolation guidance from the Government. As a matter of caution, we have contacted Public Health England to advise them of the cases.

“Our Regulatory Services team have been making regular unannounced visits to the site to ensure the safety of staff. The company has put various measures in place to protect staff, and has quickly taken on board and acted on all advice and suggestions to improve things further.

It is important to remember that ASOS has a large workforce and this is a global pandemic. When employees test positive for the disease, it does not necessarily mean they contracted it at work.”

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