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The UK government has confirmed that freight and logistics industry staff will be considered “essential workers” as the country enters its third national lockdown.
Responding to a request this week from UK Warehousing Association chief executive Peter Ward, officials from the Department for Transport issued a letter to the industry this morning.
It says: “As is clear in the latest guidance, those who work to keep the freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass, are considered critical workers.
“This, therefore, includes haulage drivers, managers, warehouse staff and all other logistics professions who we need to continue to go about their business to keep supply chains moving.”
And it adds: “Government policy is clear that this applies to all supply chains, and not only those for food and medical supplies. The current regulations allows travel to work and travel associated with work.”
It also confirmed that children of logistics industry workers would be able to continue to attend school.
Mr Ward said: “We are pleased that government has again recognised the important role that businesses in our sector are playing in keeping the country going during national lockdown.
“UKWA will continue to provide support for our members and ensure that the voice of the wider logistics industry is heard and heeded.”