Government confirms essential work of sector through Covid-19 crisis

April 7, 2020

In a letter to UKWA and the industry’s other leading trade associations the Government has confirmed that the work of the logistics sector is considered essential and that it should continue to the greatest extent possible during the Covid-19 crisis to keep supply chains working – and not only those for food and medical supplies.

All travel related to the operation of logistics businesses, or necessary travel by logistics workers to places of work such as distribution centres, is to be considered ‘essential travel’ in the context of current restrictions. However, workers should follow Public Health England guidelines on social distancing at all times.

The Government has communicated this direction to the National Police Chiefs Council to ensure it is shared with all police forces in the context of their important work to enforce the new restrictions on movement.

The letter ends with thanks “for everything you and your members are doing to keep supply chains moving in these difficult times.”

A copy of the letter in full can be accessed below, and this can be used where required as evidence of the government position on the status of those working within the logistics industry.

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