Tunnock’s factory bosses have vowed to continue paying 90 percent of staff wages at least until Easter after halting production.

The biscuit giants have been praised for supporting staff so well after shutting down operations in Uddingston due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While other big-name firms continue making cakes, Tunnock’s quickly admitted they would struggle to meet the government’s guidelines of workers staying two metres apart, and took no chances with their staff.

A Tunnock’s factory spokesman said: “As you will realise, this all happened very, very quickly and the situation we are all in was unimaginable just this time last month.

“A factory closure of this type, due to a virus threat, has never happened before and it is difficult to predict anything beyond the next week or so.

“In total, Tunnock’s have around 600 employees and almost all of them are off work. There are some essential people still looking after safety, security and communications and they are observing all the social distancing guidelines.

“The entire factory situation will be reviewed again at Easter and all staff will be kept fully informed.

“We all look forward to the day when everyone is again at work and receiving 100 percent normal income. We don’t know when that will be but that is our focus.”

Tunnock’s, who also produce world-famous teacakes and caramel wafers, announced last week that they were temporarily closing their factory in Uddingston.

Bosses announced that closing their doors was to put the health and wellbeing of their 600 staff first, and to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Trade Union Unite Scotland praised Tunnock’s for taking the decision to pay staff 90 percent of their wages.

A Unite Scotland spokesman added: “After working with Tunnock’s and looking at their risk assessments we are sad to say that their small, family-run factory just can’t comply with social distancing.

“But, rather than try to deny they have a problem like some multi-nationals we are dealing with, Tunnock’s will stop production and give workers 90 percent wages to help keep them safe and healthy.

“Sometimes a hard decision for your family is the right one for everyone else’s.

“Let’s raise a teacake and say well done to the Tunnock’s family for keeping Scotland safer during this crisis.”