My son works in the food industry, managing on call maintenance for a number of food factories across the East of England; East Midlands, East Anglia and up to the North East. He’s also sometimes on the toolsQuestion for ARRSE users - how many of you work in manufacturing and are still working? Can some things like cable assembly, other light fabrication, and some inspection be performed from home?
Presumably social distancing measures are taken by employees at essential manufacturers of food and pharmaceuticals, and companies building ventilators such as Dyson, JCB, or BAE Systems.
Thinking of a local company that did contract electronics manufacture and design and production of electromagnetic components for aerospace, defence, and similar demanding sectors - including medical, and had an ESA approved clean room for producing satellite parts, they could carry on. However the need for social distancing would reduce their output. 50% or 60% is better than 0% surely?
I asked him a similar question a week or so ago. His comment was that the factories are highly automated; few workers operate adjacent to one another so social distancing hasn’t made much of a difference.