Your May digital issue of LCNi with information on the effects of Covid-19, coping methods to deal with it, news catch-up and in-depth features, is published today. In the 135 years since LCNi made its first appearance in the UK as Laundry Journal in 1885, growing into an international presence over the years, this is the first time we are not putting out a print edition. Covid-19’s long-reaching and disruptive fingers have touched us, too, along with the rest of the textile care industry.

In your May digital edition, look out for features including:

• The national trade associations are pulling together globally to do sterling work for their members in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

• LTC Worldwide in Material Solutions disseminates the latest research on infection control as well as other concerns affecting professional textile care businesses

• Penny Wilson focuses her Spotlight on Germany

• We take a timely look at barrier washers as healthcare laundries come under pressure from Covid-19

• Drycleaning expert Roger Cawood explains why portraying wetcleaning as 'eco-friendly' drycleaning is not a good idea

Plus, all the latest news, opinion and analysis from the LCNi team.

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LCNi editor Kathy Bowry writes: “We welcome news from textile care professionals in all sectors about what you are all doing and how you are getting through the crisis. The world will go back to some kind of normality and we need to be prepared. So, do let me have your news and LCNi can keep your names out there in the spotlight.

“We will get through this as an industry and we will fly. Wherever the end of that rainbow is, whatever the ‘new normal’ we hear so much about turns out to be, this is an industry of survivors and hard workers and a lot of generosity. That much has been proven over and over again in this pandemic.

“We see a global army of healthcare laundry workers risking their health and lives daily as they deal with the avalanche of linen and uniforms. We also see the hospitality linen rental sector, small laundries, drycleaners and suppliers that have rallied round to make PPE, wash nurses’ uniforms for free and generally bend over backwards to keep everything  going.

“For those businesses that had no option but to close and furlough employees please remember ‘hope springs eternal’ which is the message we put forward on this month’s cover.

“LCNi and its staff continues to stand by all our readers and will do our best to help in any way that we can. Please stay safe.”

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