Balfour Beatty supply site at Hinkley Point closed due to Coronavirus outbreak

Balfour Beatty has closed its manufacturing site making parts for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C until further notice after 22 of the 90 staff contracted Coronavirus.

NHS test and trace staff have been alerted and the site was subject to an extensive deep clean over the weekend.

Balfour Beatty confirmed last night (July 27) that construction at Hinkley Point has not been affected.

A spokesperson said: "Having engaged with Public Health England and Bristol City Council we have now taken the responsible decision to close the facility until further notice to reduce the potential further spread of Covid-19.

"The NHS’ Test and Trace procedure has so far shown no impact on the Hinkley Point C main construction site, which the Avonmouth facility serves as part of the wider supply chain.

"We continue to engage with all those affected and remain committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work with and for us, as well as the general public."

The spokesperson said enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures were in force at all its sites, with social distancing being observed and temperature checks being carried out on staff.

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