Covid-19: Halifax Bank closes call centre with 1,000 staff


Halifax Bank has closed a call centre in Northern Ireland after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

The call centre sent 1,000 staff home or work from a contingency site, the call centre in the Gasworks area of Belfast is now closed for a deep clean.

Lloyds Banking Group, which owns Halifax, said: “The Belfast Gasworks building has been temporarily closed to allow for the appropriate areas of the site to be cleaned, after a colleague based there was diagnosed with Covid-19.

“Our priority is the wellbeing of the individual, as well as the colleagues and visitors to the building. We’re closely monitoring the developing situation and continue to follow official guidelines.”

There are a total of 12 cases of the virus in Northern Ireland and coronavirus has killed five people in the UK in four days.