The Gütersloh slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany resumed operations in the country on Thursday after the outbreak of the coronavirus, which was discovered in its facilities in June last year, after the beginning of de-escalation.
The first pigs arrived at the factory early in the morning, where production is expected to resume gradually. The only part of the process that is currently suspended is cutting until a new inspection is due.
Activities at the Gütersloh slaughterhouse, which is owned by the meat company Töennies, ceased in mid-June when the first cases of coronavirus occurred among workers. Eventually, approximately 1,400 people were infected, forcing the city of approximately 7,000 residents to be detained.
After several inspections, the Rheda-Wiedenbrück authorities finally gave the green light on Wednesday for the reopening, which is taking place in a heated debate in Germany over whether regional restrictions such as those of Gütersloh and the neighboring Warendorf should be prescribed.
National regulation is intended to prevent a second wave of contagion, but has put the federal government against the state governments, although an agreement between the administrations seems to have been reached this Thursday that such a restriction would be an “appropriate method”, according to a document on which the data protection authority had access.