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BCC urges public to respect Government guidelines
The British Cleaning Council has urged the public to follow the rules as most of the UK finds itself in another Covid-19 lockdown.
The resurgence of Covid-19 has again emphasised the important role of the cleaning & hygiene industry in ensuring the UK recovers from Coronavirus, says BCC Chairman Paul Thrupp.
Paul has spoken out after 'stay at home' orders were issued on Tuesday by the Governments of England and Scotland, with Wales and Northern Ireland already in lockdown.
He said: "I urge people to respect the rules, protect yourselves and others and help the country to recover from this terrible pandemic.
"Please only leave home for essential reasons, and when you are around other people, 'Hands - Face - Space' is more important than ever.
"Washing your hands regularly, using a mask and keeping socially distanced from other people are vital to stop the spread of Covid-19."
Paul also praised the many cleaning & hygiene operatives who were acting as key workers keeping essential parts of the economy going during the pandemic.
"Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen the bravery of the many cleaning & hygiene people who play a vital role, protecting the health & safety of others, putting themselves at the very front of the battle against this virus.
"As we go into lockdown, many people are now working from home in a safe environment, but most cleaning & hygiene workers have to go out to work, often getting there by public transport, and are more likely to be exposed to the virus in the process.
"They help keep key industries like hospitals and health centres, food production and retail, transport, essential public services and our justice system going.
"Without cleaning & hygiene operatives keeping the NHS and other workplaces free of Coronavirus, people would get sick and these essential industries would grind to a halt. They deserve recognition for this incredible contribution.
"But 10 months on from the start of the pandemic, some of our people are still not classed as key or essential workers.
"We have called for this repeatedly since March last year and it is high-time all cleaning & hygiene operatives were recognised as key workers and - as important - these people should be prioritised for the vaccine so that they may be safe when delivering cleaning & hygiene solutions."
7th January 2021