The Management Board has today published a comprehensive plan to mitigate the effect of coronavirus on Rusneftegaz's operations, including increasing the number of both internal and external communications regarding the pandemic, as recommended by Rospotrebnadzor. As a variegated organization each sector of the Group will be affected uniquely, and whilst management has deployed the utmost diligence in the preparation of these measures, they are still subject to change if advice from external bodies is modified.
As a result of the Presidential Executive Order on 25 March, selected members of staff will begin to work remotely, and any employees enrolled on education programs will now complete their courses electronically rather than at an institution. All business travel, both in Russia and internationally, has been suspended with immediate effect. Correspondingly, the Board of Directors is set to deliberate the future on the 2020 Annual General Meeting in consultation with key stakeholders, whilst all other corporate events due to be held in April have been postponed indefinitely.
Rusneftegaz has many continuous operations that cannot be suspended or shut down, and as such a number of employees will continue to work as normal during this period. Upon arrival, all staff are to face temperature checks, with any workers displaying an abnormal result being ejected from the site immediately. All workers are to have access to hand sanitizer in every room, and all workstations are to be routinely disinfected by cleaning staff throughout the day. Similarly, the handover procedures for shift changes have been reconfigured to minimize personal contact, and all meetings are to be cancelled or held electronically.
In order to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic, posters are to be displayed outlining these changes, and these new procedures will constantly reviewed for their effectiveness by management. Any deliberate attempt to undermine these new procedures will result in disciplinary action.