I am sure that you will have received many communications over the last few days concerning the Coronavirus, but we wanted to provide a brief overview of our plans to deal with any outbreak in the Isle of Man.
Firstly, at the time of announcement, we are not aware of anyone testing positive for Coronavirus in the Isle of Man, but given the spread of the virus throughout the world it is probably only a matter of time before the first positive result is announced on the island. As a firm we have implored all of our staff to refrain, however tempting, from getting carried away with the hysteria caused by social media and to concentrate on the facts. We continually appraise our staff with guidance as issued by the World Health Organisation and Public Health England, as we believe that is the sensible thing to do.
The Isle of Man has implemented a self-isolation period of 14 days for anyone arriving in the Island from overseas from 23:59 on the 17th March 2020. Thankfully we do not have any employees outside of the Island at this time so this policy will not impact us immediately, but we will obviously respect it going forward.
Peregrine moved to a remote desktop environment 2 years ago as the next step in our transition towards a fully paperless office. This means that in most instances we can deliver our services from anywhere on the Island. This remote access ability forms part of our usual Business Resumption & Continuity plan. We have decided to implement a testing procedure for this plan tomorrow to ensure that this is fully operational and that each of our employees is able to work from their home. This should enable us to plan for the future should the Isle of Man Government impose stricter self-isolation guidelines.
In this day and age most of our communications are conducted through email, therefore, you should not notice any difference in the day to day delivery of our services. Our reception will still be manned during normal office hours but should you call the office and find that the phone is not answered I should recommend that you email the person you intend to contact directly, or failing that email firstname.lastname@example.org and your enquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate member of staff.
Whilst our office will remain open in the coming weeks, we are encouraging the use of phone and video conferencing where possible. However, if you would still prefer a face to face meeting we would ask you to respect the no handshake guidelines recommended at this time which we have introduced throughout Burleigh Manor.
Everyone at Peregrine will continue to put the health and safety of our employees and clients at the forefront of our plans whilst ensuring service delivery, and we shall be reviewing our working practices and policies as the situation develops. In the meantime we hope that you and your family and friends remain free from the virus and we look forward to seeing you again in due course.
For and On Behalf of Peregrine