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COVID-19 Response

24 November 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

After our ten day shutdown at Z43, we are slowly opening up again to go back to business.

As colleagues are partly returning to the workplace, the main objective is to take all necessary precautions to safeguard the health of all and prevent any further spread of infection. A large part of the workforce will continue to work remotely. For colleagues on site, we have put in place additional measures across the work spaces, such as limiting the number of people working together at the same time, in addition to an enhanced level of cleaning, social distancing, and face covering enforcement.

We hope that we will manage to get through the pandemic without any further infections so that we can return to our normal work schedule as soon as possible. We will continue to update our partners regarding any delays that may occur in a timely manner; at the same time, we are working hard to keep these to an absolute minimum.

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 


14 November 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

Zurich has been experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections in the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, despite our precautionary measures, the virus did not stop at our doorstep and several team members at our headquarters have tested positive.

Although infections seem to be clustered to certain areas within the building, we have decided to immediately stop on-site operations in the entire building for at least 10 days to stop the spread.

The shutdown will inevitably disrupt our service deliveries, but we have taken, and will take, every possible measure to keep delays to an absolute minimum. Your IT'IS reference person will contact you in the next few days in case of a shifted timeline.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that may be caused by adjusting the deadlines. As we continue to navigate through the challenges posed by this pandemic, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unpredictable and demanding time.

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 


17 October 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

Europe has seen a huge surge in COVID-19 infections in recent days with case numbers in Switzerland being amongst the highest reported. Luckily, we mastered the first pandemic wave at Z43 very successfully. At this time, especially with the flu season approaching, it will once again be important to react swiftly and introduce new mitigation measures to prevent the virus from spreading to protect our colleagues, families, and loved ones.

As such, a partial remote work schedule has been reimposed at Z43 with the majority of colleagues working exclusively from home, while the others are working in alternating shifts to accomplish tasks that require laboratory work or access to hardware, etc.

We will further observe the development and instigate additional measures if necessary to help stopping the spread of the virus. In the meantime, we hope that all projects can be kept on track. In case of delays, we will contact the project partner immediately to discuss alternative solutions.

Be well. Be kind. Be safe.

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 


06 August 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

In the last couple of months there has been a considerable rise in new cases of COVID-19 in Switzerland and across Europe.

At Z43 we continue to take a cautious approach and strictly follow our internal rules that are in line with the guidelines and recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health. We continue to organize our operations such that our projects, production, and deliveries are only minimally affected.

With a second wave of infections in the autumn in mind, we are closely monitoring the situation so we can react quickly if addtional measures become necessary.

We wish you and your families the best of health in this difficult time!

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 


05 June 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

The global pandemic continues to be a defining challenge for all of us, having disrupted our personal lives and business practices in ways small and large for the past 90 days. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our focus has been on preserving the business continuity of all our Z43 organizations while fully protecting the health and safety of our staff. We are proud to say that, by responsibly adapting our on-site and remote work practices and behaviors, Z43 has successfully maintained critical operations during this crisis with a zero COVID-19 transmission rate.

As the overall COVID-19 infection rate remains very low in Switzerland (lower than 50 per day), the Swiss government has declared an end to the state of emergency as of 19 June 2020, and precautionary measures will be further relaxed even before then. With this initial step toward normalcy, we are keen to meet all of our commitments without delay. Circumstances, however, may require us to adjust timelines and to adapt the format of our planned activities. If the progress of a project is impacted by these changes, we will inform each partner individually to discuss alternative solutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains dynamic. Our return to normal operations is contingent on any new governmental restrictions that may arise in response to a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Z43 will continue to thoroughly and comprehensively implement essential safety and health policies and procedures for our offices and laboratories. Our health and safety policies depend heavily on the guidelines, data, and advice published by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, and our in-house guidelines will continue to evolve along with best practices. To support effective communication, we will update this webpage as needed with pertinent information for the duration of this pandemic.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 


15 April 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

The outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing people and businesses around the world to adjust to new routines and to develop strategies to deal with this continually emerging global health crisis. Although the Swiss federal government encourages people to work from home, specialized companies are allowed to continue operations, so long as social distancing requirements can be fulfilled.

Especially now, our top priority is the safety of our employees and their loved ones, and we are taking every precaution necessary to minimize COVID-19 transmission. Currently, about two-thirds of our Z43 colleagues are working exclusively from home, while the others are working in alternating shifts to accomplish tasks that require laboratory work or access to hardware, etc. As of now, we have managed to keep disruption to a minimum while we maintain our core operations at the IT’IS Foundation, and, at the moment, we are confident that we can meet all of our commitments without delay.

It goes without saying that we are monitoring the novel corona virus situation daily, and, should the situation change in such a way that it impacts our ability to continue work on a project, we will contact the project partner immediately to discuss alternative solutions.

Keep in mind that the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health provides regular media releases with the latest information about measures taken to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, and we will continue to update this webpage so long as the corona virus situation remains dynamic.

We hope you are well and stay safe!

The IT'IS Foundation Team

 

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