Distributive Trade: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Angela Crawley Angela Crawley Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that adequate hygiene precautions are undertaken by all (a) drivers and (b) staff employed at distribution company depots during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department is working very closely with the logistics industry to keep supply chains moving, including to address this and other matters to keep workers safe. Public Health England updated their advice on 24 March and further work with Public Health England is ongoing.

My colleague Baroness Vere has reiterated in writing the need for guidance to be followed and truck drivers to be allowed access to facilities including toilets, which is consistent with the Public Health England advice.

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