Friday 20th March 2020
As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops in the UK, here at Liquid Gas UK we want to support the LPG industry in navigating the complex policy landscape the best we can. Advice from UK Government and the Devolved Administrations is being updated on an almost daily basis. We are actively monitoring this evolving situation and will share this guidance with our members, to help prevent the spread of any infection within industry and to ensure operations remain as smooth as possible. We have also been lobbying UK Government to ensure the LPG industry is rightly recognised and supported through this difficult period.
Latest update from Sophia Haywood, Director of Public Affairs
Lobbied for LPG Industry Essential Employees as ‘Key Workers’
Liquid Gas UK have been successfully lobbying UK Government for essential employees in the LPG industry to be included as ‘Key Workers’, following Wednesday’s announcement that schools, colleges and nurseries were to close from today.
Now we have confirmation, it means that key worker’s children can still attend school, despite schools being closed for all other children, to enable key LPG workers to carry out their jobs, keeping rural homes and businesses warm during this turbulent time.
If they have not already, Members should confirm with their employees whether they count as a ‘key worker’ based on their business continuity plans, but it should only be for essential staff. Read more about the announcement here.
Liquid Gas UK launch guiding principles for industry
To provide further support to industry, today we have launched our guiding principles paper titled Responding to Covid-19, which includes (as the title suggests) guiding principles and best practise for members to follow, in addition to strict adherence to UK Government guidance, in reacting to and planning around the spread of Covid-19.
This includes recommendations on; dealing with vulnerable customers, minimising the risk of Covid-19 among employees and the risk of spreading Covid-19 between customers and employees. You can read the paper here.
COVID-19 Digital Q&A for Members
We appreciate that members will have concerns and unanswered questions about dealing with Covid-19 and it’s impacts on LPG operations. So we want to provide you with an opportunity and platform to ask further questions of the Liquid Gas UK team.
On Monday 23rd March at 3pm we are going to be hosting a digital Q&A session on Microsoft Teams to answer your questions and discuss issues arising over the weekend.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to my colleague Noelene along with any questions in advance, so we can send you the details. Places are limited and expected to fill fast, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate.
The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK