IN an open letter to everyone working in manufacturing and industry Alok Sharma, secretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has paid tribute to those working to keep the UK economy going.
Mr Sharma said, “The government’s priority is saving lives and we have advised that where possible, people should stay at home and work from home. However, our country needs your support to keep supply chains moving and key workers mobile, as well as to protect the economy as much as possible. Every business has a role to play in helping the country defeat coronavirus. Manufacturing is a critical part of our economy and I would like to be clear that there is no restriction on manufacturing continuing under the current rules.”
The letter goes on to thank all the workers across aerospace, chemical, automotive, steel, aluminium, pharmaceutical, packaging and other sectors, including those providing essential services and materials, who have answered the call to action and are playing a direct role in combatting COVID-19 by producing the material the country needs to fight the spread of the virus.
Mr Sharma also took the opportunity to remind all workers of the need for social distancing and regular hand-washing. For the latest guidance on operating safely in the workplace, click here.
The letter is here.