Heavy snow and a coating of black ice led to a major coronavirus site in Stoke-on-Trent closing yesterday morning.
Families with a test at the drive-through testing site at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium car park were sent elsewhere in the city due to the closure.
Eyewitnesses reported a sign outside the site told visitors it was shut.
Now the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) bosses have revealed safety concerns from ‘black ice’ caused the temporary closure.
A spokesman said: “Due to adverse weather conditions and black ice, to protect the safety of visitors and staff the site was temporarily closed.
“Surface water run-off from areas adjacent to the site as a result of snow melt on Tuesday froze overnight and left the site covered with a sheet of black ice.
“To open would have been unsafe for the public, staff and vehicles accessing the site.
“In instances where a site closes at short notice, we have a contingency plan which is activated to ensure those requiring a test can get one.
“In this case those who had booked tests at the regional testing site yesterday were redirected to other sites in the Stoke area where they can undertake their test.”
It is thought the site was able to reopen by the late morning.