BMA welcomes lockdown exit roadmap
CEO Tom Reynolds says further clarity is needed for businesses
Published: May 11, 2020 at 1:54 pm
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) has welcomed the Government’s roadmap to lifting the coronavirus restrictions imposed across the nation in March.
Further detail on the plan will be published in Parliament later today, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Sunday night to announce minor easing of the lockdown.
In a statement, the trade body says that the more detailed guidance 'will give bathroom manufacturers confidence that a return to normality is in sight'.
In Sunday night’s televised statement, the Prime Minister said people who cannot work from home should return to work, citing construction and manufacturing as examples. Essential work in these settings has been able to continue in compliance with social distancing guidelines, however the majority of construction work ground to a halt as businesses complied with the 'stay at home' message.
The BMA hopes the change in tack from Number 10 will help trade and the supply chain restart in earnest.
BMA CEO, Tom Reynolds said:
'The top priority for everybody is maintaining workers’ health. Our members who have continued or restarted operations have done so in line with PHE guidance.
'The seven new guides from on staying safe at work in different settings, expected later today, will help all parts of our sector to do that too.'
'Last night, the Prime Minister was clear that we are not returning to normal yet, and there are many "if’s and buts" before the restoration of all freedoms. BMA members still have lots of questions about how the Government’s roadmap will work in the next few months.
'We’re hopeful the information expected later today will contain the answers.'