Throughout the pandemic we took steps to try and keep everyone safe

We continue to monitor the situation carefully. We still arrange our distributor drops in such a way to minimise contact between deliverers serving different areas. We have gone back to having meetings but they are infrequent and always with social distancing. When possible we avoid attending council meetings in person – but many smaller councils do not have an online alternative. We have returned to our model of hard copy publishing.

All visitors to Leveller Towers are encouraged to wear masks.

Future editions

Having managed to get out a hard copy of The Leveller® copy every month during the pandemic we still intend to produce a hard copy newspaper into the future.

We’d also like to remind people that newspapers are not something that can spread COVID 19. This is the advice we received during the pandemic and we’d like to keep reminding people of that advice:

World Health Organisation advice

Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?

Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

Public Health England advice

Public Health England (PHE) has advised that people receiving parcels or direct mail are not at risk of contracting the coronavirus.  Viruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or parcels. Especially given that we are all taking much greater care over handwashing. Of course you will all be familiar by now with PHE advice for people to wash their hands more often than usual and for longer than usual using soap and hot water.

I hope that reassures our readers that in delivering the paper to you we are not taking unreasonable risks of spreading the virus. And that we continue to take sensible precautions in our work at the paper, to minimise risks.