Yesterday evening we were informed that a staff member of the Group in the Isle of Man had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The staff member returned from holiday in Spain on Sunday, 15th March.
The Group had already put in place extensive preventative measures to protect against this risk including the self-isolation and homeworking of staff members returning from Spain and other affected countries.
We are pleased to confirm that the affected person has not come to any of our offices or had contact with any other member of staff or any clients since his return from holiday. As a result of these precautions, we have no reason to believe there has been any risk of direct transmission into the Group environment as a result.
The staff member has been able to function and work from home this week and we are encouraged and thankful that their symptoms have been bearable.
The protective measures the Group has taken since the 3rd of March 2020, with a specific focus on precautionary self-isolation, reducing our staff concentration at all of our work sites, social distancing within the office spaces and moving a significant number of staff to work from home and our business continuity sites have both protected and prepared us well for this eventuality.
The Group will now enhance further the protective measures we have put in place to guard against COVID-19 and will take whatever measures are necessary to protect clients and staff, while maintaining uninterrupted provision of services throughout.
There will be no impact on our services to clients and the Group will function as usual, with a reminder to all staff and clients to be extra vigilant both in the office and at home.