Beekeeping and Honey Processing Is Essential Business
Beekeepers are essential businesses for bee welfare and / or processing food. So yes we can still send orders from our online store during the lockdown period.
Our industry, as part of the Agriculture sector, has been granted a dispensation to provide the essential ongoing care of our bees who play a critical role in our rural ecosystem for both horticulture and pasture feed, and furthermore as a food producer, enabling packers to continue processing honey. There are strict protocols we must follow to continue our licence to operate.
MPI has stated that all essential services must change the way that they operate to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. This means that in order to continue operating, all beekeeping businesses, no matter what size, will have to develop protocols to ensure the virus cannot be spread in your working environment, but also that staff are observing all safety guidelines when they are not at work.
How Will Sweetree Work During the Lockdown?
Luckily our business is based from home so is in self isolation with us, and in our bubble is only Martin, myself and our two teenage boys. We are all healthy and put ourselves into isolation from Monday 23rd March to keep our family and business safer from the virus.
When sending out orders we will be using clean disposable gloves and face masks. There will be only one person handling your order until the courier picks it up from our property. Because we can't guarantee the outside packaging after it's been through the courier processing we suggest you either wear gloves opening your order or wash your hands a soon as the package is open.
If anyone in our bubble is feeling unwell or has any mild symptoms (even just tickly throat) they will not be processing any orders or be anywhere near the Sweetree products.
You can be rest assured we will do our best to send you quality and safe products. If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact us.