London Councils suspended enforcement of the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) on 17 March 2020 to help the freight and logistics industry cope with increasing pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a multi-million financial package for essential freight services which includes up to £17 million for critical ferry routes between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
With the Government encouraging more people to return to work, assuming they are not among the group who can work from home, employers are having to think seriously about what measures they will need to ensure workplace safety.
Recent announcements by the Government regarding people returning to work have emphasised the need to walk or cycle in order to avoid overcrowding public transport (see Government publishes its COVID-19 recovery strategy and Government puts cash behind getting people to bike to work).
Kindness is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, currently taking place up to Sunday 24 May 2020, which aims to highlight the benefits of helping others to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce stress during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Setting out his action plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, on 4 March, in the Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that emergency legislation would be introduced to ensure that workers will get statutory sick pay (SSP) from the first day off work, not the fourth.
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has warned that some manufacturers are selling medical face masks and other fake personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers using false certificates and that other A4-sized face shields, made in good faith by communities to help frontline workers, could be unsafe because they are too narrow.