Our steps to be safe
To reassure you that we are taking every step to do our bit during this crisis, we have taken the following measures. All communication between the team at Leveller® Towers is now by telephone or email and there are no meetings. Only the editor is accessing the office to pick up post and deal with essential administration.
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 are hopeful that should be possible and we hope to get it into more outlets too. We will however continue to use our news feeds online at this website to keep you up to date.
As to the issues we are putting out during the lockdown, we want to offer you reassurance that we will be doing everything in line with government advice. First and foremost let me assure you we have checked with our MP and through him a Government Minister that it is appropriate for us to produce and distribute our newspapers as usual.
Door to Door Deliveries
Over the coming weeks it is likely that we will have some door to door deliveries, right across our patch to make up for the lack of outlets that are still open. I know that some of you will be concerned about the impact of door to door deliveries when there is a dangerous virus at large.
I trust you’ll realise we would not do anything that we felt would put our readers at risk We have researched the issue thoroughly and want to share with you the advice provided worldwide and in the UK.
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.
We have now taken the added precaution of printing The Leveller® with an anti-microbial wash. This is part of the print process. It uses a silver based compound that helps to kill any germs on the surface of paper before they can be transmitted if people pick up a paper and put it down again.
When our hard copy is delivered, we will arrange for the boxes to be dropped off on pallets outside Leveller Towers. Then our distributors will arrive at 30 minute intervals to pick up their boxes for their delivery runs. This means there will be minimal human interaction in the process.
I hope that reassures our readers that in delivering the paper to you we are not taking unreasonable risks of spreading the virus.