Construction & manufacturing Must Continue

Kwasi Kwarteng MP Secretary of State for Business today wrote to the construction and manufacturing sectors. The purpose of the letter, made publicly available is to encourage those sectors to continue working. Despite the lockdown and advice to avoid travel, certain sectors are exempt.

As there has been some confusion about who can do what, we are publishing extracts of his letters below to make this clear. For the construction sector he notes:

I would like to take this opportunity to restate the Government position, which is that firms and tradespeople in the construction sector and its supply chain, including merchants, suppliers and product manufacturers, should continue to operate during this national lockdown. I would also like to make it clear that where it is essential to travel or to stay in accommodation, whether to get to your work or for the purposes of carrying out your work, those in the industry are able to do so.

As regards manufacturing the message is similar. Again this is a verbatim extract:

I would like to take this opportunity to restate the Government position, which is that firms and tradespeople in manufacturing, including supply chains, should continue to operate during this national lockdown. I would also like to make it clear that where it is essential to travel or to stay in accommodation, whether to get to your work or for the purposes of carrying out your work, those in the industry are able to do so.
It is vital that manufacturing continues and I want to reassure you that the Government values the contribution your sector is making. Your work in areas such as aerospace, chemicals, automotive, rail, metals and steel, defence, shipbuilding and repair, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and many other manufacturing sectors as well as in delivering vital services, products or materials are critical elements of the economic recovery we are building and the fight against Covid-19.

This also impacts on The Leveller┬«. Firstly our printers continue to operate as they are permitted to do so. After the hiatus of December we resume on our usual publishing schedule this month. Secondly we are permitted to distribute the newspaper as an “essential service”. We will be doing that starting from Wednesday 13th January.

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