Wednesday 2 December, 2020

COVID-19: GraceKennedy temporarily closes 73 Harbour Street offices

Don Wehby

Don Wehby

GraceKennedy has announced the temporary closure of its offices at 73 Harbour Street in downtown Kingston due to one of its team members being a close contact of an employee of the Alorica call centre, where a number of workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

The conglomerate said the move was being made "out of an abundance of caution, and in an interest to protect its team members".

In a news release Wednesday, GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby, said: “Yesterday, we closed our 73 Harbour Street building for deep cleaning and sanitisation, after learning that a GK team member is in close contact with an employee at Alorica BPO... The GK team member in question has been asked to self-isolate for a two-week period, as per established protocols.

“Based on the reports in the media, several of the Alorica BPO employees have tested positive for COVID-19, with more being tested. As such, we thought it prudent to keep 73 Harbour Street closed temporarily. We have instructed our team members based at 73 Harbour Street to work from home until Friday, April 17, at which point we will update them further.”

Speaking to his company's COVID-19 protocols, Wehby disclosed that employees who declare having potentially come into contact with the virus are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a 14-day period, before returning to work. The department or building where that employee is located is closed, and deep cleaned and sanitized as a matter of course, before it is deemed safe for any employee’s return.

“We have developed these guidelines in accordance with the orders from the GOJ and the Ministry of Wellness and Health, and we take these guidelines very, very seriously. We will continue to operate using these protocols, because our team’s wellness and safety, and those of the wider community, are paramount,” Wehby said.

“We encourage our team members and the wider public to take all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe."

The Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that some 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases are linked to the Portmore-based Alorica call centre.

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