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Stone Federation offers advice on Coronavirus

19 March 2020
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Stone Federation joins industry lobby of government to address Coronavirus issues for stone companies.

Free Legal Advice for Members

As part of the Stone Federation Business Support service, Members (and you must be a Member) can access free legal advice. This can cover anything related to the impacts of the Coronavirus situation on businesses, workforces or projects. Members can access this service on 0333 000 7971.

In response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic and in line with current Government guidelines, Stone Federation Great Britian has cancelled all meetings and events scheduled to take place over the next few months and offers the following help to the stone industry:

The BBC has published a helpful guide for companies suddenly thrust into a 'Working From Home'. The advice includes the best ways of maintaining good communication between your team, healthy approaches to creating a new routine and some of the business tools that can help facilitate efficiently working from home.

The Government has issued guidance on social distancing. This includes the advice to work from home, where possible.

The Government has issued guidance for employers and employees including how to prevent the spread within your own company and the support available for businesses affected by Coronavirus.

Stone Federation statement on the impact of the virus on its working:

We have a robust remote working infrastructure in place that allows us to continue to support our members during this time. All of our email helplines will continue to operate as they usually do and our office number is still in operation.

We will also continue to promote the use of natural stone and Stone Federation members to the thousands of architects, interior designers, main contractors and clients that we have contact with. Our digital reach is significant and while our physical events are cancelled, we will take this opportunity to provide content that informs and inspires specifiers to engage with natural stone.

In order to help us support you, we want to know what the biggest challenges for your business are from the Coronavirus pandemic.

We will collate this information and, along with other industry bodies, challenge the Government to support you in these areas. We will also, where possible, signpost you to existing support or advice.

Please send this information to [email protected].

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on
HELLO COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE GUIDE LINES ARE AS FAR AS MY HUSBAND IS CONCERNED. HE IS A STONEMASON AND WORKING IN A WORK SHOP, USING TOILET FACILITIES AND KITCHEN FACILITIES WITH 2 OTHER MASONS. I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT NON ESSENTIAL WORKERS NEEDED TO STAY AT HOME, BUT UP UNTIL TODAY NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR HIM..SHOULD HE STILL BE GOING INTO WORK, AFTER ALL HIS WORK IS NOT ESSENTIAL

The government has said people should work at home if they can. I would guess your husband cannot. The government has not been clear about whether companies and building sites should shut or not, leaving it up to companies to decided. It has said social gathering places such as pubs, cafes, restaurants, schools, etc, must close, and also non-essential retailers. But it has not ruled on whether companies should close or not. It just says people should keep 2metres apart and wash their hands after touching anything that anyone else has touched. At the start of last week a lot of building firms and sites remained open. By the end of the week some (but not all) of them had closed. There is a dilemma. The government does not want the economy to collapse but it does not want people to be exposed to the coronavirus threat, so it has left it to the vulnerable or those who have symptoms to isolate themselves to protect themselves and avoid spreading the virus. Not ideal, I know, but there is no precedent to work to so we will all have to muddle through unless the government decides to take more direct action.

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