Business Continuity and COVID-19
In light of the current pandemic Cornovirus-19 and its potential impact on business operations and the overall way of life in the coming weeks globally, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) hosted a townhall meeting on 12 March 2020 for local businesses to gain more awareness on precautions to be taken in the workplace. Ministry of Health & Social Development and the Environmental Health Division officials presented to business owners in attendance as well as via a conference line and on Facebook Live. The presenters were Dr. Irad Potter, Ms. Henrietta Alexander, and Dr. Harmony Massiah-Brewley. They shared valuable information on:
- Simple ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace
- How to manage COVID-19 risks when organizing meetings & events
- Things to consider when you and your employees travel
- Getting your workplace ready in case COVID-19 arrives in your community
This information can be found in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Advisory on Getting the Workplace Ready for COVID-19 which is available on the Chamber’s website www.bviccha.org for ease of reference.
The BVICCHA encourages all businesses to monitor the situation locally and globally and to test their business continuity plans. If persons need assistance with this or other support, they can contact the office at 494-3514 or email us at email@example.com. Also review your business interruption insurance policy and have a conversation with your policy provider to confirm what your coverage includes.
Dr. Irad Potter, Chief Medical Officer advised that employers should take extra measures to make sure offices are clean and hygienic and to promote proper hygiene such as handwashing. If employees feel unwell, he advised that they should not report to work but call their health care provider for their advice. Health care providers and the general community can call the Medical Hotel for assistance at 1-284-852-7650. Dr. Potter indicated that the Division is willing to visit businesses to assist with training staff and office cleaners on proper cleaning methods. He encouraged everyone that they should stay tuned to government public advisories and official sources of information. A replay of the townhall meeting can be watched at www.facebook.com/BVICCHA. For more information and updates on the COVID-19 response, persons can visit www.bvi.gov.vg/novel-coronavirus-info.
Businesses in the Tourism Sector are advised to access resources from the Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHTA) which is working with the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Global Tourism Resilience , the Crisis Management Centre and others on a number of fronts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Resources are available on their website at http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/covid-19/.
Keiyia J. George, Executive Director, BVICCHA
(284) 494-3514 | firstname.lastname@example.org