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Covid – 19 Advice Update for Manufacturers from MAKE UK


“Following the Prime Minister’s statement last night (23rd March 2020) the country has been asked to take additional and very significant measures to slow the spread of coronavirus/covid-19. It is vital that manufacturers follow this advice and our sector takes every step possible to support the Government and reduce the burden on the NHS.

Equally, it is important to note that the Prime Minister has not asked all businesses to close – Government advice is primarily focused on closing non-essential retail and leisure facilities. Other employers are now mandated to make sure that anyone who can work from home is now doing so. Clearly, all businesses should also consider their responsibilities to wider society and reducing the impact on the NHS by slowing down the spread of the virus and removing opportunities for the infection to spread.

On that basis, and having assessed the information published by Government, Make UK would like remind and clarify the advice member companies should be following for their operational premises:

We recognise that as well as seeking advice on the processes that they should put in place for managing their operations, some companies are also seeking guidance on whether or not to remain open and productive. Overall, the Government has asked every UK citizen to do everything it can to reduce the movement of people to help slow the spread of covid-19 and minimise pressure on the health service – please bear this in mind when making your decision. However, as stated above, the Government has not asked all businesses to cease operations – it has only asked those sectors of the economy that encourage large gatherings of people or create environments where social distancing is impossible, to close.

On that basis, if you are considering impacts for your business, in the first instance please consult the Gov.UK website and review all relevant guidance to help guide you.

Documents you should consider include: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874732/230320_-_Revised_guidance_note_-_finalVF.pdf 

and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others


Make UK is rightly proud of the critical role our country’s manufacturers are playing at this difficult time and the contribution we are making to our society and economy.

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