As you are aware, it has come to our attention that an employee likely has come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, management made the decision to close the plant except for a skeleton crew for the rest of the week. This will give us time to sanitize the work areas and provide people plenty of time to distance themselves from coworkers. This action goes way beyond CDC recommended guidelines for maintaining employee safety, but we really feel the health of our employees is vital to our business. All employees will be paid for these days off, but we will likely "move up" the Good Friday holiday to this week meaning that we will likely work on Friday, April 13.
Unless you discussed an alternate arrangement with your supervisor, all paychecks were mailed today so you should likely get them tomorrow, Thursday.
We will work regular hours starting Monday, April 6, of 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM. We will limit hours to a normal 40 hour week to minimize exposure to fellow employees. We will also stagger lunch breaks to limit the number of people in eating areas at one time. We will post the schedule tomorrow on the bulletin board for lunch, but we will divide the employees by department. One lunch break will be from 11:30-12:00 and the second will be from 12:00-12:30.
We will continue to follow recommended practices from the CDC regarding best practices to limit transmission risk.
If you feel sick or exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your doctor. The federal government is making arrangements for paid time off to allow employees to receive pay without using company-provided paid time off. Also, the federal government is making money available for those who must stay home to care for an infected person or to take care of children forced to stay home from school. Contact management for details on these programs or read the Department of Labor information.
We will not allow visitors aside from delivery personnel or essential tradespeople.
If you feel uncomfortable coming to work and wish to stay home, please contact management to work out a leave of absence agreement.
We are happy that we can continue to produce the tools that our customers have come to depend on. But, during this time, it is most important to remain healthy and to not transmit the virus to others. Please stay home and see a doctor if you suspect you may have contracted COVID-19.
Precision Instruments Management