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Follow lockdown rules to protect cleaning and hygiene operatives, says BCC

11 January 2021

Members of the public have been urged to respect all the requirements within the latest Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions to help protect cleaning and hygiene operatives.

The call was issued last week after increased restrictions were announced due to rising numbers of infections and deaths caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Latest developments have once again served to highlight the important role of the cleaning and hygiene industry, said BCC chair Paul Thrupp.

"I urge people to respect the rules, protect yourselves and others and help the country to recover from this terrible pandemic," he said.

"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," said Mr Thrupp.

He additionally praised the efforts of cleaning and hygiene operatives continuing to serve as key workers to keep essential areas of the UK going during the pandemic.

"Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen the bravery of the many cleaning and hygiene people who play a vital role, protecting the health and safety of others, putting themselves at the very front of the battle against this virus," he said.

He further emphasised the important roles of cleaning and hygiene operatives in the drive to assist the NHS and other workplaces "free of Coronavirus" and said 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," he continued.

Mr Thrupp said the BCC had called "repeatedly" for more recognition for the operatives and also stated "these people should be prioritised for the vaccine so that they may be safe when delivering cleaning and hygiene solutions".

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