The United Kingdom Warehouse Association (UKWA) expressed it was pleased that the Department for Transport( DFT) confirmed that employees in the logistic sector would now be considered ‘essential workers’ and accordingly will be allowed to travel for work.
In addition, the children of logistics employees will be permitted to attend school along with any other key workers.
In a letter to Peter Ward, CEO of UKWA , and leaders of peer trade associations in the industry, the DFT stated that it is essential that the work of the logistics sector should continue to the “greatest extent possible” despite the Covid-19 crisis.
Ward said that he was pleased that the government had again recognised the “important role” businesses in the logistics sector are playing in keeping the country going during national lockdown.
He added that the UKWA will continue to provide support for its members and ensure that the voice of the wider logistics industry is “heard and heeded”.
The DFT letter said: “As is clear in the latest guidance, those who work to keep the freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) 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. As such, school age children of employees engaged in these activities should be eligible to continue attending school in line with Government policy.”
It added: “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.”