Dear AST Community,
We hope this message finds you well, both mentally and physically. While there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world, we want you to feel assured about AST. We remain committed to the safety of our employees, customers and their respective families. Simultaneously, we are committed to managing the continuity of our business and mitigating risks through innovation, communication, and technology.
We began communicating guidelines and recommendations related to the virus to AST employees in January. Since then AST has closed all offices globally, restricted international travel, banned employee gatherings, and instituted self-quarantine restrictions for travelers. We then worked with each customer to determine a plan of action that would ensure the safety of all, while still meeting project dates and milestones. Our goal is to enable our teams to work remotely and avoid additional travel and exposure. We have been largely successful. 100% of our staff is grounded from air travel until April 1 and are well-equipped to work remotely. We will continue to evaluate to determine if this travel ban will be extended.
Rather than following a variety of news outlets, we are continuously monitoring the most reliable and up-to-date sources: CDC and WHO. We are also watching legislation related to health coverage and have developed a contingency plan in the event any employee contracts the virus.
The AST Leadership Team meets once a day at a minimum to collectively determine our responsive actions, and we are committed to proactively leading our people through the crisis. We focus daily on both the physical and mental health of the entire AST family, as well as business continuity planning. Ongoing communications will ensure that we continue to dialogue with employees and customers in a meaningful way.
Thank you for your understanding of the developing situation. We recognize that some inconveniences may be experienced, but we will do our best to minimize them in our efforts to keep safety top-of-mind while still meeting or exceeding our business obligations. Rest assured, we will get through this crisis as an organization and we will continue to support and communicate to our customers.
CEO, AST LLC