A newly re-opened North Carolina barber said that is not going to be Tyson Foods employee, due to an outbreak in the local poultry processing plant.
SmartCuts in Wilkesboro posted a sign in the window of the store Memorial Day weekend of reading, ” Due to the number of Tyson employees who have tested positive for the Covid19, and given the close contact experienced during our services, we are able to serve to Tyson employees. We sincerely apologize for this decision, and we ask for your understanding,” according to HuffPost.
About 570 workers have tested positive at the processing plant, one of the area’s largest employers. A manager told the publication that the policy was necessary to protect the public health.
“We respect your business, and we really appreciate that they are essential workers,” the manager, Cathy, who declined to give her last name, said that of the poultry and the employees of the plant. “But that puts them at risk.”
“We don’t want to lose business. We are trying to keep the general population safe and ask them [Tyson employees] to do self-quarantine thing, where they’re not going to come into contact with other people,” he told HuffPost.
Amy McGinty, who has worked at the plant for 13 years, said the sign was another example of people looking at her and her colleagues as “a disease”.
“They are getting our food but not the service of us,” he told HuffPost. “Even people I knew as friends, I can say that you don’t want to be near me.”
Meat processing plants across the country have become the hot spots of coronavirus outbreaks. Iowa state officials said 730 workers at a Tyson facility in Perry, Iowa, with a total of 58 percent of the staff, had contracted the virus. More than 1,600 workers at four meatpacking plans around the state got sick.
In Indiana, about 900 workers in a single Tyson plant according to the reports, the test was positive in the month of April.