As you are aware, the number of cases of COVID-19 in North and South Carolina continues to increase daily. The transfer of this virus from person to person (“community spread”) is increasing and we continue to monitor the evolving guidelines coming from local, state and federal officials.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that people should practice social distancing by remaining at least 6 feet apart to minimize the risk of unintended spread of the virus. Additionally, gatherings of groups of 10 or more people are currently discouraged. To follow these guidelines and do our part to mitigate the impacts of the virus on those most vulnerable in our community, HMI has adopted the following policies we feel will best help our employees stay healthy:
“Social Distancing:” – HMI has adopted this strategy. All travel and in-person job-site meetings are discouraged. We ask that everyone utilize technology / virtual meetings, as appropriate.
Warehouse: The Warehouse is in operation with a reduced number of employees physically on-premises. We are encouraging the use of courier services for all orders. We are limiting the number of personnel in the building to less than 10 people. Additionally, we are asking that customers call ahead and let us know when they are on site. We will load the material into vehicles or place outside for self-loading. As a reminder, the warehouse is first come, first serve. Currently, our manufacturers are not reporting a shortage of materials or delay in delivery of materials.
Accounting: Corporate Accounting is in operation with a reduced number of employees physically on-premises. We plan to have a full staff available for end of month activities.
Local Branch Offices: We are continuing with our work remote policy. Our personnel remain available via email and phone.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to develop policies that make the most sense during this unconventional time. We realize many of you are facing challenges at work and home, so we hope to continue making our services accessible to our employees and customers as much as possible as we navigate the next few weeks. HMI will monitor conditions on an ongoing basis and adjust our plans if needed.
Please take care of all your activities and use common sense – if you or any family member do not feel well please seek medical attention. Should the situation change in such a way that requires further modifications we will keep everyone informed.