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Factories Disregard Lockdown Restrictions And Continue To Operate

Despite the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, several firms across the country have continued to operate, disregarding the government restrictions.

Despite the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, several firms across the country have continued to operate, disregarding the government restrictions.

Following alerts from whistleblowers, on Friday the National Crime Agency and the safety watchdog visited factories and businesses across Leicester. It is believed that most garment manufacturers continue to operate with inadequate standards which could contribute to a second wave of the pandemic.

In this regard, the Health and Safety Executive paid a visit to eleven premises, in cooperation with officials from Leicestershire police, the NCA and other agencies. A spokesman of the HSE said that the activity was “focused on the textile industry” in the city.

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In another statement, the spokesperson also said: “No notices were served and no businesses were shut down. However, verbal advice was given to all of them and further inquiries are being made with a number of the businesses to ensure compliance with safer workplaces guidance.”

At the beginning of this week, campaign group Labour Behind the Label reported that some garment industry workers claimed that some of their colleagues with symptoms of the virus had been forced to continue to work, despite the risk.

The police made “routine visits” to nine factories and workplaces. According to them, no enforcement was made but they gave advice on health and safety issues. The police detained one person due to immigration matters.

On Thursday, the Public Health England said it was revealed that “no explanatory outbreaks…in industrial processes” an evident reference to factories.

Young people aged 20 to 40 often from Asian background, many of them working in textiles and food, were among the most infected, the recent PHE analysis of data collected by the local health bodies has shown.

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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