The printing industry is being urged to contact local MPs and plead their case as an essential service which would protect operations and allow them to continue should further shutdowns be enforced to fight COVID-19.
The national cabinet and health experts are meeting tonight to discuss further shutdowns in addition to the ones already imposed on places of large social gatherings including bars, pubs, restaurants, gyms and places of worship in a bid to stem infection rates and take pressure off hospitals.
CMYKhub founder Clive Denholm has come out of retirement to lend a hand during this crisis and is urging all printers to urgently inform state and federal MPs of the importance of print so it can be classified as an essential service and stay open.
Without print there would be no hospital forms, pharmaceutical labels, food labels and packaging, menus for the countless restaurants that now rely on home delivery and important signage to advise people to wash their hands and keep their social distance at this time of crisis.
“This is a crucial industry, an essential industry,” Denholm told Sprinter, adding printers should email local MPs today to push the case for an essential service classification.
“I am worried that we might get caught up in that shutdown so whatever we can do as an industry to remind politicians right now that this is what print does and there is a lot of trade printers that print these products like labels for packaging, menus, hospital forms that they can easily be run with social distancing.
“CMYKhub has split shifts, they have stopped transfers between factories, they have buffer zones so they are running probably best practice as far as that is concerned. At the other end of the scale, a graphic designer could ring the local business they are normally dealing with and say look I can modify your menu, do it on the computer at home, send them a proof, they can send that in to any trade printer, it gets printed and delivered back to the customer with no risk of increasing social contact.
“That is the message that we need to get across and when they say that supermarkets are not going to close down, I think we need print on that list ideally.”
Denholm says he has sent some emails off to politicians but he believes all printers out there should do the same.
“I think as an industry group if we could suggest that now is a great time to email your local politician and remind him or her that when they are laying in bed in isolation the form at the bottom of the bed was printed by a printer.”
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