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UK bottling plants and distilleries have been given the go-ahead to stay open if staff obey social distancing rules.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association said distilleries have leave to remain open during the coronavirus lockdown

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association said distilleries have leave to remain open during the coronavirus lockdown

The UK is under coronavirus lockdown measures that have seen the closure of pubs, restaurants and shops. The populace has been asked to work from home and keep a two-metre distance from others when in public.

Alcohol retailers have been included in an updated list, released by the UK Government earlier today, of essential businesses that can remain open. The news means the supply chain for those businesses needs to remain operational, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association said today. 

"For businesses like bottling plants and distilleries, it is simply not possible to work from home," the WSTA said. "Provided businesses are content that staff can respect social distancing rules while at work, and when travelling to work and that staff are happy to continue to work, then businesses can stay open."

Meanwhile, UK authorities have said that the online trade in non-essential items can continue.

"We are therefore advising our members who trade online that if they wish to continue to offer online sales then, provided staff are able to work safely, then activity can continue," the WSTA added.

"No one wins. I don't see any company coming out of this up" - just-drinks speaks to Wine & Spirit Trade Association chief executive Miles Beale - CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL


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