Coronavirus (COVID-19) Message
An ASME Community UpdateDear Colleagues,
I trust that each of you is doing well and finding ways to cope with this challenging situation we are all facing.
As a follow up to previous emails, I wanted to let everyone know that the EMT is continuing to meet on a daily basis, and we are closely monitoring all aspects of this rapidly evolving public health crisis so that we can collectively plan and respond accordingly.
I must first say how pleased I am with how well our staff and volunteers have adapted to the new working from home protocols. Of course this comes as no surprise – the devotion, professionalism and dedication of our all you all is as strong now as ever. A heartfelt thank you to each of you and for your commitment helping to create and ensure a safe environment for the extended ASME family.
Just a few hours ago, NYS Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order, requiring all “nonessential” employers to keep their workforce at home, this includes ASME. This Executive Order takes effect on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Based on the latest developments and information available regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, work-from-home protocols will now be in effect in all ASME offices, including India, until April 17, 2020. We are currently anticipating that staff will be able to return to our offices on April 20, 2020 and will confirm this during the next few weeks. Additionally, in accordance with the Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order ASME’s New York Office will be closed as of Sunday, March 22, 2020. No ASME staff and visitors will be permitted in the 2 Park Ave office. If there is a critical need for access please reach out to me via my mobile telephone.
To reiterate what was mentioned in previous emails regarding travel, all staff and volunteer travel until the end of May will be suspended. Any exceptions must be approved in writing by your immediate supervisor and EMT member. We are evaluating this as global events unfold and will also advise of any change during the next few weeks.
Please know that I truly do miss seeing everyone. In that spirit, I am working with our staff to create a short video via some of ASME’s new video capabilities which we will share with you next week. As it has been said, please stay tuned.
In the meantime, please stay safe, and take care of yourselves and your family.
With thanks and warm regards,
Tom Costabile, P.E.
Executive Director / CEO