CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - UPDATE
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact daily life in the UK and overseas and as such we wish to provide a further update on MacTaggart Scott’s response to this crisis.
The UK and Scottish Governments remain clear that the single most important action that we can take in fighting the Coronavirus is for people to continue to abide by existing guidance and to stay at home. This is in order to protect the UK National Health Service and to help save lives. As previously advised, the UK, effective from late 23rd March 2020, entered into an initial 3 week period of increased social distancing, during which travel to, and from, places of work was to only be conducted when work absolutely could not be done from home. This initial "lock down" period was formally extended on 16th April, for at least a further 3 weeks from that date.
MacTaggart Scott remains an essential supplier to both UK and Overseas defence partners, and as such, we recognise that where feasible we must continue to maintain our operations as best we can in these troubling times. The nature of our business however has made it impossible for all of our teams to either work from home, or to practice complete safe social distancing whilst at work.
Therefore, whilst we remain committed to maintaining essential and key business operations, in light of the foregoing and the continued Government prescribed restrictions in place, all staff who can securely work from home have been enabled to do so for the extended period from 16th April.
At the same time, production staff numbers remain scaled down, and alternative shift patterns continue to be implemented, in order to enable appropriate social distancing in the work place. This has enabled the retention of those staff that are essential to maintaining operations.
The above reflects staff working at MTS facilities, but if our staff are working at your premises, we would be grateful if you would assist in allowing people to maintain as much distance from one another as possible and please inform our staff of any specific action required of them in respect of your own coronavirus precautions within your premises.
Please be aware that this situation continues to be monitored daily by our Board of Directors who are also taking cognisance of the daily guidance being provided by our Governments in this matter.
We hope that you will both understand and support the need for the above actions, and recognise that during this extended period, the situation may continue to evolve. We will therefore continue to provide further updates as necessary on an ongoing basis.
Please note for information purposes that where we are able to identify a direct impact of these alternative working measures, on a specific order or programme, we will seek to contact each customer separately in this matter.
Thank you for your continuing understanding and patience in this matter.
STATEMENT AS AT 21ST APRIL 2020