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Lockdown Week 11: 320 Lincolnshire coronavirus deaths, 1,798 local cases, 286,194 in the UK, 40,542 deaths

The latest COVID-19 headlines for Lincolnshire and the UK

Follow the week 12 coronavirus lockdown updates from Lincoln and Lincolnshire.

1,798 coronavirus cases in Greater Lincolnshire (down from 1,796)

  • 1,121 in Lincolnshire (up from 1,120)
  • 519 in North Lincolnshire (up from 517)
  • 158 in North East Lincolnshire (up from 157)

320 COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire (no change)

  • 135 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 3 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 114 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)
  • 66 in Lincolnshire County Council-managed care homes (no change)

286,194 cases, 40,542 deaths in total


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1st June 2020 10:22am

“We can’t stay in lockdown forever,” say health bosses who share concerns over easing lockdown

Coronavirus response bosses in Lincolnshire have shared national concerns that lockdown restrictions are easing too fast but have also said “we can’t stay in lockdown forever”.

Several changes come in to force today as government looks to continue lifting lockdown.

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) said over the weekend that the easing of rules was “not supported by the science”.

They said photos of crowded beaches and beauty spots showed people were “not keeping to social distancing as it was”.

Director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said he “shared a lot of the concerns”.

“I think a lot of it is about doing all of that all at once.

“So we’ve got these new groups of six people in different households can meet, and we’ve got the changes to the extremely vulnerable group, going out.

“I think it’s a combination of all of those that’s causing some concern, and we need to really keep a close eye on, on what the data tells us.”

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1st June 2020 11:31am

Why some Lincoln parents are not sending their kids back to school

Several local parents said they opted against sending their children back to school on Monday.

Over 200 schools re-opened in Lincolnshire on June 1 in line with government guidance, but the environment is likely to be different to what pupils were used to just a few months ago.

Parents and teachers have expressed concerns over the safety of youngsters going back to class and the impact on teachers and families.

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1st June 2020 11:39am

Parked vehicles block emergency services access in Mablethorpe

Mablethorpe Coastguard and the local fire station have issued warnings after parked vehicles hindered emergency vehicles in doing their job.

When Mablethorpe Coastguards were out on patrol at Crook Bank in Theddlethorpe, Mabethorpe on Sunday, May 31 they were approached by someone who alerted them to a vehicle that was leaking from the fuel cap.

Humber Coastguard, Mablethorpe Fire Station and Alford & Mablethorpe Police were all called to assist before the vehicle was made safe. After some time the owner was also located.

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1st June 2020 1:51pm

Lockdown law change makes hook-ups technically illegal

New lockdown rules by government today technically mean you could be fined for having sex with someone from outside your home.

However, the changes also mean police cannot come into your garden or challenge those carrying out activities outside of their home — so technically they have no way of checking who is in a property without a court warrant.

As part of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Bill amendments being introduced to parliament today, two people from different households in England will be banned from gathering in a private place during the coronavirus lockdown.

The bill now states: “No person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place indoors, and consists of two or more persons.”

It also says elsewhere that “no person may, without reasonable excuse, stay overnight at any place other than the place where they are living”.

It is part of a wider bill banning indoor gatherings as the government relaxes regulations elsewhere to allow up to six people from different households to visit private gardens – as long as they adhere to social distancing rules.

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1st June 2020 2:34pm

One further COVID-19 death in Lincolnshire hospital

There has been one further reported COVID-19 death in Lincolnshire’s hospitals today.

The latest government statistics mean there have now been 134 deaths at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust facilities.

Along with no changes in number at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire Community Health services, the total hospital deaths for Lincolnshire now stands at 138.

There were no further deaths, however, in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals which remains at 109.

1st June 2020 3:37pm

Socially distanced queues as more Lincoln shops gradually re-open

People were seen queuing at a social distance for banks as lockdown rules began to ease slightly and some more shops re-opened in Lincoln.

Several changes come in to force on Monday, June 1 as the government looks to continue lifting lockdown.

Boots, Marks & Spencer and several banks were among the notable places that were seen to be open on Monday.

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1st June 2020 5:16pm

Influx of abandoned parrots at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park’s parrot sanctuary has taken in many more parrots during the coronavirus lockdown, with nine at the weekend alone.

This is a big increase on the usual two or three per month that Lincolnshire Wildlife Park would take in at this time of year, as people have faced tough decisions about their pets during the pandemic.

The Parrot Zoo Trust within the park is a registered charity that houses over 1,000 birds and animals.

Other than the business rates grant of £25,000 in March, which it says barely covered two weeks overheads, the charity hasn’t received any help from the government as the pandemic continues to take its toll.

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1st June 2020 5:19pm

Government confirms lowest case and death figures since lockdown began – 111 deaths and 1570 cases

The UK has seen the lowest numbers of new cases since lockdown started in March, the government’s health secretary has said.

“The action plan is working, we’re winning the battle against coronavirus,” Mr Hancock said, however warned that the “disease is not done yet”.

Key points to come out of the meeting included:

  • There have been 1,570 new cases today – the lowest since March 25. The cumulative total is now 276,332.
  • There have also been 111 new deaths – again the lowest since March 23. The national total for the UK is now 39,045
  • Mr Hancock implored people to get tested in order to ensure people who were infected were identified. He said the UK had capacity for 206,444 tests a day and that 128,437 had been carried out in the past 24 hours. “Anyone can get tested,” added Mr Hancock.

1st June 2020 5:23pm

Sincil Bank stadium opening as public space during lockdown

Lincoln City will open its Sincil Bank stadium later this week to create a public space where people can unwind and ‘Take A Break’ during the coronavirus lockdown period.

The first session will be held between 11am-2pm on Friday, June 5 for people to bring their lunch, read a book, listen to music or simply relax in the surroundings of the Imps’ home.

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2nd June 2020 10:28am

Only one Lincolnshire McDonald’s re-opened today

The Gainsborough McDonald’s is the only branch in Lincolnshire announced among the 168 locations re-opening their drive-thrus on Tuesday.

People will be able to get their Maccies fix at the outlet on Trinity Street, but other areas of the county, including in Lincoln, will unfortunately have to wait until later this week.

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3rd June 2020 10:08am

How Lincoln market traders are coping during lockdown

Two traders who have continued to operate at Lincoln’s indoor market during the coronavirus crisis have spoken out about how lockdown has affected their livelihoods.

Lincoln Central Market in City Square was quiet on Tuesday morning, with only S Sharpe & Daughter fruit and veg stall and David Jenkins Meats open, which they said has mainly been the case since lockdown began.

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3rd June 2020 10:56am

Three more Lincolnshire Burger Kings re-open next week

Three Lincolnshire Burger King restaurants will re-open next week as the fast food chain continues its phased lockdown return.

From June 8, the outlets at Grantham Trade Park on Harlaxton Road and the Service Area at A1 Gonerby Moor, will re-open for takeaway only.

The branch on the A46 at Thorpe on the Hill will also re-open the same week.

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3rd June 2020 11:20am

Lincoln McDonald’s drive-thrus opening Thursday

The wait is almost over to get your McDonald’s fix in Lincoln as all the drive-thrus in the city are set to open on Thursday.

The fast food giant announced last month that it would re-open every drive-thru by June 4. Drive-thrus were set to re-open between Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 4, with locations being released on the morning of each day.

Two branches in each of Boston and Scunthorpe re-opened on Wednesday, June 3, alongside outlets in Long Sutton, Stamford, Spalding, Bourne and Skegness. This means that every drive-thru in Lincoln – Ropewalk, Newark Road, Moorland Way and at the Carlton Centre – will re-open on Thursday, June 4.

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3rd June 2020 11:58am

Lincolnshire health bosses confident in plans to restart economy

Health bosses are confident plans are in place for the reopening of the county’s economy as shops and markets begin welcoming customers again.

More businesses have been opening their doors again to customers after a long period of closure.

Today, Boston Borough Council is holding its first market in weeks, and next Tuesday West Lindsey District Council will be inviting traders back to their regular events in Gainsborough.

Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said partners in the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum had been planning for months.

“We have a whole stream about recovery purely focused on making sure we get businesses up and running and schools open and do so in a safe and measured way.

“So I’m confident that we’ve got the infrastructure in place to do that.”

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3rd June 2020 12:44pm

Still “too risky” to open churches – PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs “we are not there yet” on reopening churches and places of worship again.

He told the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions that he understood the urgency but said it was a tough one because it would push up the risk of infection.

Many people have been unable to attend services, including weddings and funerals since the lockdown began.

“We are getting there,” he said, but added: “we are not there yet.”

He added a Taskforce was being led on the matter.

3rd June 2020 3:00pm

Three more COVID-19 deaths at Northern Lincolnshire hospitals

There have been three more COVID-19 related deaths in Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals, but no further official reports in Lincolnshire today.

The deaths bring the total in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals to 113.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust remains unchanged at 135 deaths, along with three at Lincolnshire Community Health Service and one at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust facilities.

Nationally, a further 179 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in England’s hospitals, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths to 27,044.

3rd June 2020 4:27pm

Boston sees big spike in lockdown fly-tipping

There has been a significant increase in the amount of commercial waste being fly-tipped in Boston since the start of lockdown.

In March 2019, Boston Borough Council handled 106 incidents of fly-tipping, but for the same month this year the figure has risen to 174.

In April 2019, the council recorded 94 incidents and this figure had more than doubled to 193 for the same month this year. May saw a big increase with 177 fly-tips reported compared to 74 in May 2019.

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3rd June 2020 5:24pm

Prime Minister warns people not to move gatherings indoors as weather turns colder

Boris Johnson hosted the government’s daily coronavirus briefing today where he urged people not to take social gatherings indoors as the weather turned wet.

“Don’t do that,” he warned.

He told those attending: “This virus has shown how connected we all are, we are fighting an invisible enemy and no-one is safe until we are all safe.”

Other key moments included:

  • Thousands are now in isolation due to the test and trace programme. Mr Johnson urged anyone with symptoms to take a test as soon as possible. He added there was capacity.
  • New measures will see new arrivals to the UK self-isolate for 14 days to limit the spread of coronavirus. Mr Johnson said this was “vital” as travel began to pick-up again.
  • The UK government will also take the lead in an attempt to raise £7.4 billion for healthcare in developing countries. Mr Johnson revealed he will host a Global Vaccine Summit tomorrow and wanted to see 300 million children around the world vaccinated in order to better protect them from diseases such as polio.

3rd June 2020 5:31pm

Some Lincolnshire schools saw just a third of pupils return

Some schools in Lincolnshire saw just a third of pupils return this week as leaders say the “quite low uptake” will improve as parents “see it working”.

More than 200 schools re-opened in Lincolnshire on June 1 in line with government guidance, however, many parents and teachers had expressed concerns over safety in the face of coronavirus.

The pupils are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 with more set to go back on June 15.

The latest situation means around 92% of schools are open.

However, deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Patricia Bradwell told members of the authority’s executive on Tuesday that: “It has been quite a low uptake.”

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4th June 2020 10:06am

Lincoln Imp Trail cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Lincoln Imp Trail has been cancelled until 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Organiser Lincoln BIG has also cancelled the Bailgate Busking Festival, Lincoln by the Sea (the beach), 1940s Weekend and the Morris Dancing Festival.

However, Lincoln BIG will launch a separate ‘IMP on the Shelf’ event for Christmas for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. In the meantime, sponsors can take their ‘Imp on Tour’.

A date has yet to be set for the new trail in 2021, but it will run over a longer period including the summer holidays.

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4th June 2020 11:16am

Health officials support Lincoln Black Lives Matter protest, but urge COVID-19 caution

People need to express their views on “seeing such injustice” and “solidarity with people in America,” but need to safe while doing so, health bosses have said.

Protestors will try and provoke positive change and show support for all black people with a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest in Lincoln today.

However, many have raised concerns that if crowds gather it could prove unsafe or breach coronavirus lockdown rules – particularly as the government warns people to be vigilant against a potential second wave of the disease.

Public health consultant at Lincolnshire County Council Andy Fox, however, said: “I think honestly it’s really important that people can express their voice and protest is one of the rights you have in this country, and can express solidarity with the people in America.

“I really understand that, I really value that, and I think it is actually very important. We’d obviously encourage people to be safe while doing so.

He said it was just about being “sensible and cautious” – including socially distancing in line with the rules, using face coverings and gloves or hand sanitiser – adding “that should mean this can be done in a safe way”.

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4th June 2020 11:23am

Lincolnshire COVID-19 hospital discharge figure passes 300 mark

The number of COVID-19 patients discharged from Lincolnshire’s hospitals has reached 300, say bosses.

Mark Brassington, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s deputy chief executive, confirmed the news on social media.

He said: “Teams are doing a top job in managing COVID and non-COVID patients.

“At the same time they are adapting services to safely increase the number of patients we can see and treat.”

According to the latest government statistics, Lincolnshire has had 1,118 confirmed cases and 139 deaths across its hospitals

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4th June 2020 1:48pm

One Lincolnshire hospital could be designated “COVID-free”

A hospital in Lincolnshire could be set aside to be “COVID-free” as part of plans to restore some essential services.

Bosses at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust said they were still in the early stages of planning and waiting to confirm details.

However, they confirmed they are exploring providing a “physical separation” between those patients who potentially have COVID-19 and patients requiring routine care in disease-free environments.

Chief Executive Andrew Morgan said: “Nationally, the NHS is entering the next phase of the COVID 19 pandemic and this requires all NHS organisations to develop plans to safely restore some essential non-COVID services.

“We are now working on plans to safely increase the urgent elective care that we provide in our hospitals, as well as reintroducing some non-urgent elective care for our patients.

“At all times, we will prioritise measures to minimise hospital transmission of COVID-19 to protect patients and staff.”

4th June 2020 2:04pm

Queues but not mayhem as Lincoln McDonald’s drive-thrus reopen

There were queues in Lincoln, but not the expected manic rush as McDonald’s reopened the rest of its drive-thrus on Thursday.

The four drive-thrus in Lincoln — Rope Walk, Newark Road, Moorland Way and at the Carlton Centre —were in the last wave of openings in the country on June 4 at 11am.

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4th June 2020 3:44pm

First time in 12 days with no COVID-19 deaths in Greater Lincolnshire

There have been no further COVID-19 related deaths at hospitals across Greater Lincolnshire reported in today’s national statistics.

The latest data showed no change across hospitals at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (113), United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (135), Lincolnshire Community Health Service (3) and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (1).

The death toll for Greater Lincolnshire therefore remains at 319.

It is the first day that the region as a whole has not gone without coronavirus deaths since May 23.

Nationally, a further 115 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died, bringing in England’s hospitals bringing the total to 27,159.

4th June 2020 4:43pm

Lincoln Castle to reopen Medieval Wall Walk

Lincoln Castle will reopen its Medieval Wall Walk from Monday, but tickets must be pre-booked in advance.

Visitors will now be able to take in more stunning views of the city when the wall walk reopens on June 8.

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4th June 2020 4:48pm

Hospitals spend £80k on more cleaning machines to tackle COVID-19

Another £80,000 has been spent by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust for additional cleaning machines to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The four additional hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) systems will help stop the spread of coronavirus, norovirus, MRSA and other drug-resistant micro-organisms in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals.

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4th June 2020 5:25pm

Face masks to be mandatory on public transport

Face coverings are going to be compulsory on public transport in England from Monday, June 15.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move was being taken in the face of increased pressure as children returned to school, more businesses reopened and employees return to work.

Those who refuse to comply could face fines or be refused transport. The move will be enforced by the British Transport Police.

Mr Shapps said government wanted “to ensure every precaution is taken”.

Exemptions will be applied to older people, young children and those with breathing difficulties.

In his briefing, Mr Shapps said fewer people were currently using public transport and more people were cycling.

He said meticulous planning, alongside the efforts of passengers avoiding public transport had worked so far.

Here are some other key moments from today’s briefing:

  • A new fix bike voucher worth £150 has been announced along with cycle to work scheme enabling people to buy a tax-free bike including e-bikes
  • The government carried out a record 220,057 tests yesterday and has passed the 5million test mark
  • Official statistics announced the lowest working weekday deaths increase of 176, bringing the total to 39,904

5th June 2020 10:43am

Waterside Shopping Centre to reopen with one-way system

Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre will reopen on June 15 with various safety measures in place, including a one-way system.

At the time of publication, 12 retailers said they are planning to open.

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5th June 2020 10:51am

People should wear face coverings wherever necessary now, say Lincolnshire health bosses

People should start wearing face coverings sooner than the government’s new rules say health bosses.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced during the government’s briefing that from June 15 it would be compulsory to wear basic masks on public transport – with those who don’t facing fines and removal.

The move lines up with the next wave of pupils returning to schools and businesses opening.

The British Medical Association has called for the rule to be extended to include places where social distancing is not possible and for it to be brought in sooner.

Director of Public Health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said he was not surprised and that it was “all about personal responsibility”.

“I guess it might be a reflection of maybe not enough people following the guidelines, because those guidelines have been in place for a little while now already on public transport,” he said.

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5th June 2020 2:27pm

Lincolnshire photographer creates special lockdown family photos

A Lincolnshire photographer covering the areas of Bourne, Stamford and Oakham captured special family lockdown portraits to keep spirits up during the coronavirus crisis.

Hanna Williams, 24, who is the owner of Bourne Photographic Studios, started taking the lockdown family photos at the beginning of May.

She also helped make some lockdown celebrations a bit more special, including a 1st birthday, a 40th birthday and wedding anniversaries.

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5th June 2020 2:46pm

One new COVID-19 death in North Lincolnshire hospitals

There has been another COVID-19 death in Grimsby or Scunthorpe hospitals, but Lincolnshire facilities have gone another day without deaths today.

The death brings the total to 114 for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole facilities.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust remains unchanged at 135 deaths, along with three at Lincolnshire Community Health Service and one at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust facilities.

The county has not seen any new deaths reported since Tuesday.

5th June 2020 4:08pm

Over 300 ULHT staff tested for coronavirus antibodies

Over 300 hospital staff in Lincolnshire have so far been tested for coronavirus antibodies.

ULHT started the antibody testing on Wednesday, June 3 and more staff have been tested since. All 9,000+ staff have been offered the test.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust (NLaG) has also started rolling out the test for its staff earlier this week. The trust has over 6,500 employees.

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5th June 2020 5:23pm

Hospital staff and visitors required to wear masks as NHS reopens

Hospital visitors and outpatients will now be required to wear face coverings, government health bosses have announced as the death toll nationwide passes 40,000.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths increased by 357 today to a total of 40,261.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, also revealed that all hospital staff will be required to wear surgical-grade masks in a bid to protect NHS staff.

Mr Hancock said that as the NHS reopened across England, it was “critically important” that staff and visitors were protected.

He reminded people that if they did experience symptoms they must self-isolate as soon as possible and get tested to protect colleagues.

Other key moments from today’s briefing included:

  • A call for people to donate their antibodies using the NHS blood and transplant website
  • Government said there was an encouraging trend as cases fell. The number of people in ventilator beds has falllen from 3,000 in April to 571. The R-rate is currently between 0.7 and 0.9.
  • People were urged not to attend large gatherings this weekend as more Black Lives Matter protests are expected.

8th June 2020 10:54am

Lincolnshire “in the right direction” after weekend without COVID-19 deaths

A weekend without any further reported COVID-19 deaths means Lincolnshire has gone almost a week without Coronavirus fatalities in its hospitals.

The last reported fatality at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust was on Tuesday, June 6, and the number has remained at 139 (including Lincolnshire Community Health Service and Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust) since then.

There was just one reported new confirmed case released in official government figures over the weekend, taking the total to 1,121.

Director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council Derek Ward said: “Certainly the figures seem to be going in the right direction which is great, and what we hoped for and expected to a large extent”

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8th June 2020 1:31pm

Regional publisher to close two Lincolnshire officers

Regional publisher JPIMedia will close its Louth and Sleaford offices as it claims the COVID-19 lockdown showed the “benefits of home working”.

A total of 11 local offices are planned for closure, including the two in Lincolnshire.

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8th June 2020 2:05pm

Over 500 jobs at risk in Spalding food factory closure plan

Over 500 jobs are at risk at Bakkavor over the proposed closure of one of its salad factories in Spalding.

Bakkavor’s Spalding site on West Marsh Road has two salad factories, two meal factories and a distribution centre.

The impact of a business loss at the start of the year and the current coronavirus crisis has taken its toll on the salads businesses in Spalding – Factory One and the Deli.

The firm wants to cease operating Factory One and to change the night shift patterns within the Deli.

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