Holiday Notice Update 11/02/20 from AEL-Berkman Forwarding (HK) Limited - Regarding Lunar New Year Holiday Extension
To our Valued Customers,
We would like you to have our latest update about what is actually happening in China about the ‘return to work date”.
With all the protective and disinfection supplies ready in our offices, all AEL-Berkman China offices endeavoured to resume work 10th February. AEL-Berkman Shanghai, Xiamen and Qingdao offices with majority of staff reported duty excepted some were coming back from the reported high-risk areas and were advised by Street Office or Neighbourhood Committee to isolate themselves for 14 days or a certain period of time.
Hubei Province, where the new coronavirus broke out, recorded most confirmed infections, followed by Guangdong and Zhejiang Province, thus the municipal governments of Shenzhen (located in Guangdong) and Ningbo (located in Zhejiang) have tightened the control on return to work date. As per our office building management office, the directive reached them last night, there were no official announcements published by the governments to further extend, but local authorities use administrative measures like “sub-district level second approval” / “letter of commitment of safety production environment” to encourage companies to further extend return to work date to Feb 17th and reduce the gathering of people at this stage which may increase the risk of coronavirus spreading for companies who failed to provide a safety environment to their staff.
To support Shenzhen and Ningbo’s further effort to contain the coronavirus spreading, during this week, AEL-Berkman Ningbo and Shenzhen offices will provide flexible work arrangements in accordance with the operational needs. Regarding on-site operation, our Ningbo warehouse was requested not to resume operation until Feb 16th.
Suppliers and factories in Zhejiang and Guangdong told us that they faced the similar situation, official return to work date has been announced by the provincial government as Feb 10th, the reality is that they have more administrative steps to go through before they can obtain the official “sub-district level second approval”.
We appreciate your support and understanding during this difficult period.
Feel free to contact your BRi Customer Solutions Representative, should you have any further queries or concerns in relation to this matter.
Keeping you updated
BRi Customer Solutions Team
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