The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has received written confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) that the work of the logistics [and transport] sector should continue to the greatest extent possible through the Covid-19 crisis.
A letter written by David Buttery, Co-Director, Road Safety, Standards and Services, DfT, to professional industry bodies such as CILT, the Road Haulage Association and the Cold Chain Federation, 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, as 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. 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 (including for instance necessary washing of vehicles or supply of spare parts). At all times workers should, however, follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing and companies should maintain Covid-secure working practices.
We have communicated this to the National Police Chiefs Council to ensure it is shared with all police forces in the context of their important work to enforce restrictions.
Thank you for everything you and your members have done and continue to do to keep supply chains moving in these difficult times."