Rega, as a manufacturer was not a company on the Government list required to close. However, with 130 staff it was impossible to operate safely with the restriction in place. Therefore, we chose to close on the 24th March on moral grounds to protect our staff and the NHS.
After three weeks of extreme planning and careful deliberation we are confident that we have now found a safe way to partially re-open Rega headquarters. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our staff and their families’ health and wellbeing always remain of paramount importance. However, we are confident we can open on a small scale with a very limited number of staff and operate safely within all the Government guidelines.
Taking all factors into consideration we have spent a great deal of time preparing. We have carefully marked out suitable work bays for every employee, placed extreme restriction on movement within the factory and provided all the appropriate PPE, including wash stations, hand sanitisers, masks and gloves for all staff in attendance. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to at all times and all returning staff do so on a voluntary basis.
We are also delighted to announce that as a skilled manufacturing and assembly plant, Rega applied to assist the Government in the manufacture of medical equipment. We have since been accepted and are officially registered with the Crown Commercial Agency. We are on a shortlist and are awaiting instruction to produce such equipment as and when required.
To all our dealers, distributors and customers, please stay safe.