Liz Earle tells OnTheWight they are reducing number of staff on site from today

After rumours had spread that Liz Earle still had a lot of people working on site, OnTheWight contacted them to find out how things stood

Liz Earle offices

On Monday evening the Prime Minister called for the country to go into lock down in an effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid19).

Businesses have been encouraged to allow staff to work from home, and, where not possible, many companies have furloughed (granted leave of absence to) to their staff.

Earlier today it was suggested on a Facebook group that many staff were still working at Liz Earle’s Ryde and Cowes sites.

OnTheWight got in touch with Liz Earle to find out how many people they had working at both sites and what plans they have to change this.

Liz Earle: “We have complied with all new Government regulations”
A spokesperson for the company told OnTheWight,

“Current Government advice encourages online retailers to stay open at a time when shops selling non-essential items are now shut.

“In doing so, the health and wellbeing of our colleagues is of the greatest importance to us.

“Since the beginning of the Coronavirus situation, we have complied with all new Government regulations to help protect them.”

Office workers sent home last week
Liz Earle sent home our office-based colleagues who can carry out their jobs remotely.

Scaling back from today
The spokesperson went on to say,

“Today (Wednesday) we are scaling back our operations further in Ryde and Cowes to a minimum.

“We are speaking with colleagues to let them know, that for the foreseeable future everyone must go home, except a very small number of colleagues who will maintain a vastly reduced service in online fulfilment operations and in warehouses.

“We apologise to our valued customers who will experience longer delivery times however we are sure that they will understand that our priority is to keep our colleagues safe in these challenging times.”

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 5:04pm



Filed under: Business, Cowes, Island-wide, Isle of Wight News, Ryde, Isle of Wight, Top story

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Hardly an essential product, or industry, shouldn’t everyone be at home?


perhaps Liz Earle could make hand sanitiser and face masks (they have muslin cloths) for St Marys Hospital?