Fake News! It’s been a problem since time immemorial. Here’s how it can work: whilst on manoeuvres in 1914, a brigadier commanding a certain brigade stationed in Aldershot passed the word to the nearest colonel to him :—“Enemy advancing from the left flank. Send reinforcements.” By the time it reached the end of the right flank the message was received : “Enemy advancing with ham-shanks. Send three and fourpence!”
And so it is with the widely reported story that vending has been banned in Italy. It hasn’t, it’s Fake News.
Thankfully, the good people at the AVA immediately smelt a rat and – to mix animal metaphors – they went straight to the horse’s mouth – their partners in CONFIDA and the EVA.
Consequently, we now know the facts of the matter and we’re happy to share them with you.
- The Lombardy region, being one of the Italian regions most impacted by COVID-19, has introduced additional restrictions on the movement of its citizens.
- One of these is the closure, along with many other retail outlets, of the on-street 24-hour vending outlets which are so much a feature of Italian street life. (See the main picture)
‘Ordinary’ vending – in Hospitals, Government offices, fire departments, the forces and police and other permitted places of work are not affected and continue to provide a vital food and refreshment service.
So, there you are, it’s Fake News. A ban on vending is not happening in Italy, and it’s not going to happen here. Fact.
‘It’s just one of those things’, David Llewellyn said philosophically, ‘but the reverse is true. Many health workers, all over the world, from surgeons to porters, are ignoring their designated hours to work until they drop in their fight against coronavirus.. Vending machines are proving to be a godsend, allowing them to refuel on the hoof in the most pressing of circumstances. As an industry, we have to support them by making sure our machines are well stocked and working, ensuring of course – that we comply with.the latest Government guidelines for working safely. For details – make sure you check out the AVA Advice.’
Working Safely During The Coronavirus Crisis: AVA advice
- Vending and COVID-19
- AVA Business Guidance On COVID-10 ISSUE 2
- AVA Business Guidance On COVID-19 ISSUE 3
- AVA Business Guidance On COVID-19 ISSUE 4
- AVA Summary Of Business Advice On COVID-19
- Procedure For Closing Down A Drinks Or Snack Machine And Re-instating
- Guidance From WHO, NHS and ACAS
Trust the AVA, ignore Fake News.
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