Johnnie Walker visitor centre builders caught on camera in social distancing fail

September 25, 2020 By [email protected]_84 Off

Builders of Edinburgh’s new multi-million pound Johnnie Walker showcase visitor centre have been caught on camera shunning social distancing guidelines.

Photos emerged of workers outside the Princes Street site yesterday afternoon, September 24, chatting close together without masks.

Owners of the facility Diageo described their behaviour as “disappointing” and assured stringent anti-coronavirus measures are enforced onsite.

Photos show a group of six workers in hardhats and high vis jackets outside the Hope Street entrance to the site with others nearby.



a person riding a skate board on a city street: A group of workers were seen chatting close together


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A group of workers were seen chatting close together

A spokesman for the drinks giant said: “Along with our lead contractor BAM, we are very disappointed by these images showing workers congregating outside our construction site.

“This does not reflect the rigorous protocols we have in force for work on-site and immediate action has been taken to deal with the issue.”

The firm said they have the “strictest possible protocols for work on-site and they are rigorously enforced”.

The Diageo spokesman added: “The workers have been taken through repeat COVID compliance training and we will be putting in place additional signage and distance demarcation outside our site to prevent workers congregating in this way in the vicinity of the site.

“We have the strictest possible protocols for work on-site and they are rigorously enforced, including temperature checking, personal protective equipment, physical distancing and sanitation.”

The spokesman assured the whole site has been adapted with one-way systems in place and clear demarcation to ensure physical distancing is maintained.



a sign on the side of a road: Owners said they enforce the


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Owners said they enforce the

He added: “The protocols are enforced through a dedicated COVID compliance officer and two COVID compliance marshals.

“Anyone breaching our protocols is issued with a written warning and in cases of a second breach workers are removed from the site.”

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