Biscuit bakers Tunnock’s have ceased production from their factory in South Lanarkshire in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The company, known for their world famous teacakes, considered “every alternative” but said it was the “only responsible course of action”.
Tunnock’s director Fergus Loudon announced the Uddingston factory’s closure and said production will resume “as soon as it is safe to do so”.
He explained: “Taking into account the most recent government advice and guidance the directors of Tunnock’s Biscuits have decided that the health and safety of our workforce, always our priority, can now only be safeguarded by the temporary closure of our factory.”
Production stopped on Tuesday – the country’s first full day of lockdown – with the situation to be reviewed at Easter.
Mr Loudon added: “Be assured we have considered every alternative but we firmly believe that closure is the only responsible course of action as things stand.
“As soon as it is safe to do so we will resume production. We ask for your understanding during what is a very difficult time for us all.”