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Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations

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SMTA-Ryan

#84748

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 7 April, 2020

Trying to get an idea of how local "shelter in place" regulations are impacting different regions. What are your specific requirements and how your operations are changing to comply with the restrictions?

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SMTA-Robert

#84749

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 7 April, 2020

We have been operating under SIP restrictions since March 16, and we expect them to last until at least April 30. Those "essential" business that continue to operate in our area (SF Bay Area) must follow strict health protocols, and post warning notices at all entrances to their buildings. Maximum feasible distance must between workers must be maintained at all times. On site meetings are discouraged if not prohibited. Those in our company whose duties do not require them to be on site are working from home. All are being paid their regular salary through April 30 (no need to burn PTO). We also ask those customers whose business is deemed essential to provide written proof in the form of a letter from their corporate management, on company letterhead, stating their basis for doing so, in the event we are asked to present proof to local health or law enforcement authorities.

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SMTA-Gregory

#84750

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 7 April, 2020

Our operations are deemed essential and our manufacturing operations continue. All employees that can work from home are to. As far as employees that need to come in to the manufacturing plant that consists of multiple buildings, an specific entrance has been assigned for each building and no movement between buildings is allows. Shifts have been reduced to eliminate any overlap between them and to allow time for work surfaces and equipment touch points to be wipe down with a disinfectant. While at work, social distancing is to be maintained as best as possible. Employees have been asked not to report to work if they are sick or are experiencing a fever.

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#84753

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 8 April, 2020

Things are a little different in the UK. Here the rules (currently) say work from home if you can. That basically means anywhere like a factory or warehouse can remain open providing they can offer a safe working environment. So measures such as extra cleaning, maintaining a 2m+ gap between employees, that wasn't very hard in our factory. We make a point of making those cleaning facilities available to couriers too. Of course there are both customers and suppliers who cannot meet these obligations as well as those who are simply not allowed to be open and those that choose not to be. That inevitably means there is less work and so some staff are furloughed, a government support scheme means their wages are 80% covered and like most nice employers we are meeting the remaining 20%. We have received a letter from both the US parents and their UK subsidiaries notifying us they require us to be operational as a "Tier 1" provider but to date there is no requirement to brandish such a document at someone to justify being operational.

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#84754

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 9 April, 2020

You can tell that Ontario's list of essential services was written by a business man that understands the supply chain. The first list was something like 74 paragraphs. The second edition was something like 40 some paragraphs. One paragraph covers pretty much all manufacturing. They really should have also included a list of what had to close. Some people are complaining that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and The Beer Store are still open. But if they closed them I think there would be lots of bootlegging and break-ins. Restaurants can have take out and delivery but no dine in. They can now deliver alcohol if they could serve it before. With the newest list, hardware stores have to either deliver or arrange for curbside pickup. Parks are closed and fines can be issued.

At work we don't give the time clock the finger anymore. Doors are left open. Lots of sanitizer and soap. Picnic tables spread through out the place. People who wanted were not required to come in and their Record of Employment filled out for them. About half the people took that option. And starting today I picked up a fellow employee so that he doesn't have to take transit. And other people who normally take transit were voluntarily furloughed or have rides arranged.

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SMTA-Samy

#84780

Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 21 April, 2020

The company I work at is deemed an essential business that supplies products that are vital to our country’s infrastructure and plays a significant role in response and recovery across all other sectors. We are responsible for the delivery of products critical for the Unites States Department of Defense to meet its obligations in support of the U.S. national security and the U.S. warfighter. We build critical medical devices and instrumentation utilized in Hospitals, Clinics, State and Federal Healthcare systems worldwide. These instruments are on the front lines of testing and treating patients for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our company and its employees supply essential components for the production of life saving ventilators and medical supplies that our country and the world desperately needs right now.

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SMTA-Robert

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Business/Manufacturing Operational Changes to Comply with Local/National COVID-19 Regulations | 5 May, 2020

5/5 Update: Our SIP restrictions have been extended to May 31. In spite of that we've notice a general uptick in business activity the past 2 weeks, as certain targeted restrictions are (either formally or informally) loosened. It appears the government strategy here in Northern California is to let things evolve and open up naturally rather than rely on grand pronouncements. Perhaps that has a great deal to do with the reality that so many of us are already engaged in essential activity.

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