Bulla Dairy Foods has restarted full production at its Connor Street site, Colac, Vic, after an outbreak at the workplace lead to 20 coronavirus infections in the area.
Employees returned to work after receiving final clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services and following a deep clean of the entire site, which was finalised last Friday, September 11.
The site reopened the following day and full production restarted on Monday.
The 244 employees had to quarantine for 14 days after the DHHS identified them as 'close contacts' of an employee who tested positive to COVID-19 late August.
They all returned negative tests, chief executive Allan Hood said.
There are still seven infected Bulla employees who are self-isolating.
"It has been a positive start to the week for the Bulla family following final clearance from the DHHS to reopen our Connor Street, Colac, site," Mr Hood said.
"The health and safety of our team, and the wider community in which we operate, is of utmost importance to us.
"We have worked closely with the DHHS and relevant authorities to take all necessary steps to ensure the workplace is COVID-19 safe for the return of our team.
"We continue to focus on creating a safe environment across all Bulla sites by adhering to all government and health authority's advice as well as ensuring we are all following strict hygiene and safety protocols we have put in place, including those additional measures implemented in the last two weeks.
"As we head into the warmer months and the Christmas period, we are pleased to be able to support our local community even further and are now recruiting team members to join the safe and supportive home of Australia's favourite ice cream."
Mr Hood criticised the health department last week after it linked 16 cases to Bulla.
A DHHS spokesperson said the department was closely monitoring the outbreak and was in regular contact with the Bulla Dairy Foods operations manager, through regular Incident Management Team meetings.
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