While some print service providers have remained operational since the introduction of lockdown conditions on March 23rd - perhaps to supply the key worker infrastructure and or by diversifying to offer PPE provisions - there will be a large number who needed to close. Print equipment may have been lying unused for a number of weeks, with many PSPs having been unable to follow manufacturers' best-practice shutdown processes.

In Germany the wearing of masks in public transport and supermarkets is mandatory.

The owner of Moray-based Signworks says his work has gone from 'zero' to 'crazy' in the past few weeks with orders for temporary signage and banners relating to COVID-19, which he can turn around in hours using his HP Latex 315 wide format printer.

To help ensure the safety of the public when the lockdown is lifted, the City of Paris and JCDecaux are deploying free hand sanitiser dispensers in public areas.

During the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic Durst North America continues to add resources to support the growing base of Tau products in the market. The company also announced it has an upcoming Webinar with Packaging Impressions on May 20, 2020 to highlight benefits of UV printing.

Drytac has released Protac® Antimicrobial in the UK & Europe, a new laminating film that protects surfaces against bacteria and fungus.

With a large part of the global production of personal protective equipment (PPE) happening in the United States and China, much of Europe is experiencing a major PPE shortage, putting millions of lives at risk. In order to combat the shortage, the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) is partnering with Gerber Technology to make PPE more widely available. Through their PPE Task Force, Gerber has already helped over 1,200 manufacturers across the globe successfully convert their manufacturing capabilities to PPE production.

CMYUK has launched its Safer Spaces range, a collection of specialist products and materials designed to help jump-start the UK’s digital wide-format sector back to work.

As flexible thermoplastic experts Structure-flex temporarily halted production of lorry trailer curtains and bulk transport bags, their team turned to designing a reusable full-face visor for the fight against coronavirus.

Hundreds of SMEs and retailers have benefited from Ocean Outdoor’s out of home advertising fund which has proved an overwhelming success and surpassed the £10 million originally promised.

J&G Environmental, the leading UK print waste management company, has continued to provide its recycling and waste services to printers across the country during the Covid-19 outbreak, having been classed as an essential business by the government.

The Minuteman Press printing franchise in North Olmsted, Ohio is run by dynamic husband and wife team Dan and Jennet Foster. In 2019, they celebrated 15 years in business and took home a regional franchise award for outstanding customer service. Now, in 2020 and celebrating 16 years, they continue to show that print is essential.

HP Inc. together with its global network of print service providers (PSPs) continue to innovate printing applications to help medical teams, businesses and the public adapt in the ongoing effort to combat COVID-19.

From butchers and bakers, to candlestick makers, and everyone else in between: Clear Channel UK is proudly offering 250 free-of-charge digital Out of Home campaigns to the UK’s local business owners that have worked tirelessly to support their local communities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

CMYUK Textiles has secured a substantial UK stock provision of 300,000 non-permeable, protective healthcare gowns and 1.5m community grade facemasks per week.

A group of employees at Widd Signs, St Helens site have been doing their bit to support a local initiative aimed at producing much needed face masks for frontline NHS staff and care workers.

Given the PPE shortage across the social care sector, two Yorkshire firms have teamed up to manufacture and donate face shields to over 30 facilities across the region.

The use of the famous Piccadilly Lights in Central London to carry messages on behalf of Her Majesty Queen and congratulations to national treasure Captain Tom Moore hasn’t gone unnoticed. These special moments have attracted impressive news coverage and broadcast interest from across the world.

As I’m sure is the case for most of you, six months ago I would never have imagined that I would find myself being quarantined in my home. Only being able to leave the house for the utmost necessities has certainly changed my perspective about how I spend my time when I’m not working. It has become more apparent after looking at our current trends and figures, that I am not the only one.

Tesco’s latest #FoodLoveStories campaign has been unveiled across OOH and TV. Running across OOH locations UK-wide, the OOH campaign celebrates recipes that bring people together. The campaign was booked through Kinetic.

Urgent demand to keep employees and customers safe in the wake of Covid-19 has seen a Leicestershire point of sale and visual merchandising display specialist pivot its operations to deliver a range of end-to-end hygiene products and services.

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