Car dealership forced to close for deep clean after three workers test positive for Covid-19

Time 7:54 am, August 27, 2020

A car dealership in Perth has been forced to close for a day after three people working on the site tested positive for coronavirus.

Pentland Land Rover Perth, owned by John Clark Motor Group, closed its doors on August 20 and was deep cleaned, including the showroom, cars, workshop and valeting bay.

The showroom on Dunkeld Road, Perth, was reopened the next day and all staff have been tested for Covid-19.

A health board spokesperson told local paper, the Courier: ‘One member of staff and two contract workers have tested positive for coronavirus.

‘There was an immediate response to the cases which included extensive testing of individuals associated with the business and detailed contact tracing is under way.

‘All close contacts have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

‘As a precaution, the dealership chose to close its premises on Thursday, 20 August for a deep clean of all areas and vehicles.

‘The business reopened on Friday, 21 August and a subsequent inspection by environmental health officers found processes in place to be satisfactory.’

A comment on Facebook from Pentland Land Rover stated that this had been one case of a contract worker contracting the virus, which led to the testing of all staff and deep clean.

It is believed the statement was posted prior to the other positive tests coming through.

It explained: ‘We immediately took the decision to have all of our staff working on the site tested as a precaution, though none of them have shown any symptoms, and are being asked to adhere to social distancing guidance whilst at work.

‘We have had an external cleaning company come in to fully clean and sanitise the site in question, including the showroom, cars, workshop and valet bay.’

John Clark’s official statement said: ‘Throughout the unprecedented and evolving Covid-19 pandemic, John Clark Motor Group has focused on protecting the health, wellbeing and safety of our customers, colleagues and wider public, never more so than since reopening our doors for business on June 29 in line with the Scottish Government guidelines.

‘Despite these significant efforts the group can confirm a sub-contracted employee at one of our Perth dealerships displayed mild symptoms of the virus and has since tested positive for Coronavirus.

‘Subsequent to this, a further sub-contracted employee and one other colleague have also tested positive. All three immediately self-isolated.

‘In accordance with the group’s Covid-19 contingency plans, all necessary actions have been implemented, including a full site deep clean and sanitisation, as well as providing the appropriate support for extended staff testing.

‘Following guidance from the Forth Valley NHS Health Board consultants, all colleagues deemed to have been at potential risk have subsequently self-isolated for the required 14-day period.

‘Our sites remain open with the appropriate PPE, sanitisation and distancing measures in place for both colleagues and customers.’

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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