This is an edited version of our Editor's Comment from our May/June 2020 issue.

As I write this, not a whole lot has changed since I penned my last column. With COVID-19 still rampant, it’s clear that we won’t be going back to ‘business as usual’ any time soon. 

With no vaccine in sight, scientific advisors to the government are suggesting social distancing measures will likely need to stay in place until the end of the year. With many of you working in homes or flats with occupiers present, this is easier said than done. However, those of you still working appear to be managing for the time being, with many reporting they’re limiting contact with occupiers both on entry and while working at the property. And yet, although you can take all the right steps to protect yourself, there are still risks involved when entering another person’s home which won’t be resolved as long as the coronavirus remains a threat.

At the end of the day, only you can know what’s best for you and your family when it comes to the continue working/stay at home debate but, regardless, we should do our best to recognise the efforts of those individuals who work in our sector that are going above and beyond to support their local communities during these difficult times. To highlight the work they’re doing, we’ve launched a new initiative in this issue, which we’ve named HVP Heroes.

We reached out to our readers and asked them to submit examples of what they’re doing to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, from replacing broken down boilers to fetching groceries. Some of our readers are doing some truly amazing things, so please head to p24 to find out their stories. 

If you’re doing anything to help your local community and people in need then please do reach out as we may continue to profile the best ones online and in the issue if the situation persists. As ever, you can contact me at j.dart@hgluk.com.

We’ve got another strong issue lined up for you this month, and it starts by profiling our HVP Gold Membership offers for May and June on p13. There’s a cracking number of prizes and deals up for grabs, so definitely check it out.

Another highlight is our latest The Boiler Business column from Tommy-Lee Zmuda on p16, who talks how businesses can come out of the coronavirus pandemic still in one piece.