We know that many of you may be experiencing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or will be worried about what it could mean over the coming weeks.
As the challenges of the epidemic have grown, Openfield has increased our contingency planning to ensure that our members, our customers and our colleagues’ health and well-being are being protected. We have also taken steps to ensure we fully support the duty of care we have to all colleagues and know that you will fully understand how seriously we take this issue.
We have carefully considered the steps we can practically take to reduce our physical interactions, which may in turn help to reduce the spread of the virus. We also need to ensure that any changes we make are balanced and allow Openfield, as an integral part of the food supply chain, to continue to function effectively.
Many colleagues are already at home and working as they would in the office. The ones who are unable to do so are following the appropriate Government guidelines and taking extra care when washing their hands etc. Any colleagues showing symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been asked to follow Government self-isolation guidelines, with our full support.
All drivers and hauliers will always call ahead to let you know when a collection is due. If you would like your driver to make any adjustments to the way your collection or delivery is made, then please let your driver know when they call. All drivers have been briefed about increasing their personal hygiene and all relevant Government guidelines will be followed as we wish to maintain everyone’s safety. Drivers have also been asked to maintain a safe distance to anyone on farm and at the consumption points at this difficult time.
Our Farm Business Managers remain available by phone and email and will continue to stay in touch with you in that way.
We understand that the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation will present many challenges. We want to reassure you that we are in partnership with you, we are in this together and we are here to help you.
Please stay safe and call your Openfield Farm Business Manager, or you regular point of contact, should you have any questions.