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COVID-19 - Plant Health

Defra recognises the additional challenges being presented to industry as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak. We aim to support businesses involved in the trade in plants and plant products, to help ease pressure on the food supply chain without compromising the safeguarding of UK biosecurity. We are also contributing to central initiatives, for example, on how Defra can best support the UK’s food supply chain through this period. For guidance and support for businesses and employers, visit GOV.UK.

The government has published the following FAQ which sets out what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes advice on whether you should stay at home or go to work, what you should do if you are not a critical worker but cannot work from home and what businesses, such as shops and public venues have been asked to close to reduce social contact. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

A letter to trade has also been published that states that across Government and within Defra, officials are working hard to ensure vital supplies are maintained and our industries are being supported through these unprecedented times we all face

Plant Health

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 Letter to Trade

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Plants Varieties and Seed - Seed certification

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 Letter to Trade

 PDF, 164 KB, 2 pages

Contact us

For queries in relation to the Plant Health COVID-19 response, please contact cv19planthub@defra.gov.uk.

For general queries, please contact: DefraCovid19Comms@defra.gov.uk.