Tom Reynolds, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, has released a statement responding to the 'faux criticism' that has reportedly been directed towards manufacturers and tradespeople during the COVID-19 crisis.
Whilst many kbb businesses have shut their doors due to coronavirus restrictions, many construction projects and manufacturers’ operations have continued up to now, and Reynolds said that several businesses have reported a backlash on social media as a result.
In a statement issued to the press, the association said that a large proportion of BMA members produce essential fittings that are needed to keep both the NHS and people’s homes running safely.
Reynolds said: ‘I’m furious with the keyboard warriors who are smearing our industry. They conveniently ignore that bathroom fittings are essential for growing capacity in the NHS and maintaining hand hygiene.'
The statement noted that one of its members supplies bathroom facilities to the emergency Nightingale Hospital being set up at London’s Excel, and added that continuing new build construction and completing refurbishments is also essential to ensure people have access to the homes they need.
‘Where companies are recklessly ignoring the PHE guidance they should be called out, but such behaviour is rare. Those people in the bathroom and construction industry who are continuing their essential work do so responsibly,' Reynolds added.
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