Irish Dog Foods in Naas, shut by Covid-19 cluster, will not now reopen on Monday

Closed due to Covid-19 outbreak

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Irish Dog Foods in Naas will not now reopen on Monday

Irish Dog Foods is based at the Naas Industrial Estate

The Irish Dog Foods plant in Naas will not now reopen this Monday, the company said in a statement this morning.

The plant closed on Saturday, July 25, following an outbreak of Covid-19 at the factory. Over 50 cases of the virus have been confirmed among workers.

The company originally told the Leinster Leader/KildareNow last Friday that it would partially reopen on Monday, August 10, with additional Covid-19 awareness training for employees.

However, it changed track on Sunday, saying: "Following the Government decision on the evening of Friday 7 August to introduce a number of public health measures for Kildare, Offaly and Laois, we have deferred the phased re-opening pending further guidance from Government and its agencies."

It further added: "We have worked closely with the HSE and followed their advice at all times."

Outbreaks of Covid-19 have also been reported at meat processing plants O'Brien Fine Foods, Timahoe, and Kildare Chilling.