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Friday, April 24, 2020

Team Kerkstra,

What an ever-changing time we are living in.  As you may already know the Governor has once again extended the Stay Home Stay Safe Order through May 15, 2020; with a few changes. 

Before we share about the updates, I want to reiterate that we do have work that has been deemed essential and therefore if you have been called to return to work it is because you will be working essential projects.

For those who have been working at one of our facilities and our job sites; thank you for your dedication and drive to keep our business viable for now and the future.   We know coming to the facility can be scary and rewarding, and we appreciate the spectrum of emotions you and your family are experiencing each and every day.   Stay steadfast and strong.

For those returning to one of the facilities, know we are continuing our cleaning efforts and social distancing as much as reasonably possible.  Some of you may even have to share the office breakroom with Bev and I (sorry about drawing the short straw on that one).  We try to keep our coffee pots filled but that’s the only hospitality you will likely get from us (we have to social distance too).

Per the Executive Order the Governor has required employers to provide one non-medical mask to employees.  We strongly recommend that you use the mask you are provided, even though wearing the mask is not a requirement since this is not a public place.  Our team is working diligently to source masks for Monday, we do have some and will distribute what we can.  If you’d like to bring your own mask you are welcome to do so.  If you’d like to make your own here is a link to the Director of the CDC making a masks out of an old shirt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4.  There is also an attachment to this email on how to make your own. 

If anyone is willing/able to make masks to share with your teammates, we greatly appreciate your talent and heart.

We do acknowledge that the face masks fog up the safety glasses, please see the link here to the New York Times on fogging glasses: https://www.nytimes.com/article/glasses-fog-wearing-mask-coronavirus.html.  Feel free to google additional ideas on how to keep your glasses from fogging.

If you have any questions please contact Bev or I. 

Lisa England SHRM-CP, PHR
Chief Human Resources Officer

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