How Blue Array is responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Posted by Vicky Kollnberger on March 12, 2020
UPDATE: Following a successful trial on the 13th of March of a Blue Array home based workforce and on the UK Government advisory, as of Monday the 17th of March, the entire Blue Array team are working remotely.
Ensuring the same high-quality of service and delivery to our customers is paramount and we’re taking steps to ensure that there’s no interruption.
On that basis, on Friday 13th March all Blue Array team members will be working from home.
As a company who largely already operates on ‘the cloud’, we have many technologies and tools that can keep us working effectively with our clients, whilst not having to physically be in our offices.
While this is not a response to any cases of COVID-19 within Blue Array, the outbreak within the UK may have an impact on how Blue Array would normally operate. With the UK Chief Medical Officers shifting the risk to the public from low to moderate, it’s a good time for Blue Array to test how we plan to operate under restricted circumstances. With this in mind, we’re opening our contingency plan up to the public.
Blue Array’s COVID-19 contingency plan
What we’re continuing to do in the office:
- Taking our laptops home at the end of each day in the case that our office requires an unexpected closure.
- Supplying anti-bacterial hand sanitiser within the office.
- Closely following NHS advice and Government advisories.
In the case that a Blue Array team member is suspected or confirmed to have contracted COVID-19:
- The individual will be asked to immediately self-isolate and be asked to work from home or take sick leave as appropriate. They will continue to work from home until they receive appropriate medical advice or results. This point also applies to any staff member who has come into close contact with anyone who is suspected or confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.
- If the individual has been in the Blue Array offices within the past two weeks, all Blue Array team members will be advised to work from home while the individual receives appropriate medical advice or results. Any scheduled in-person meetings will be stopped and will take place over video conferencing.
- If the individual has come into contact with a member of your team in the two weeks leading up to their illness, we will notify you as soon as possible and provide updates as appropriate.
In the case that someone within our office building (Reading Bridge House) is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19:
- All Blue Array team members will be advised to work from home until further notice but for at least two weeks. The Blue Array offices and the wider Building will undergo a deep clean. Any scheduled in-person meetings will be stopped and will take place over video conferencing.
- In the case that any members of your team have visited the Blue Array offices in the two weeks leading up to their illness, we will notify you as soon as possible and provide updates as appropriate.
What our clients, suppliers and partners have been asked to do:
- Reporting suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases to us as soon as possible if a Blue Array team member has visited their office in their past two weeks.
- Communicating their company’s own COVID-19 contingency plan, should it impact the way that Blue Array team members interact with them.
Blue Array public events:
For precautionary measures only, our ReadingSEO Meetup and LondonSEO Meetup events for March will be postponed. We will take advice for any future events.
We understand that changing circumstances can often bring uncertainty, therefore if you have any questions on our contingency plan, please reach out.