Confor lobbied ministers in England, Scotland and Wales on this issue and Defra has confirmed in England: "Those involved in the supply chain of wood for key goods (including, but not limited to pallets, heating, packaging, tissue paper, timber harvesting, sawmills) should be considered key workers". Confor continues to work with the other administrations on this matter.
A resilient forestry and timber sector
Covid-19 is causing unprecedented challenges for the forestry and wood sector. This hub is for latest news, information, FAQs and more.
The issue of key worker status and rules generally on working have emerged as the main challenge. Following updates from the UK Government and devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Confor has created a Q&A answering all the main questions - and provided material to use if you are challenged about continuing to work.
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