Administration’s Letter to Employees
Please note: In response to additional developments, virtual operations have been extended beyond the dates indicated in this letter. For the most current dates on when the physical office will re-open, please visit our COVID-19 main page.
Dear Valued SUC Employees,
We are living in unprecedented times. “The coronavirus” and “COVID-19” are now very familiar words. Many medical professionals believe this virus has been spreading since January, the effects of which are now starting to be observed throughout our great country.
Southern Union Administration’s primary concern has and always will be your health and safety. Therefore, in an abundance of caution we are officially closing the SUC office by end of day Monday, March 16, 2020, in our quest to be part of the solution and not the problem. This office closure is in effect through April 22, 2020, at which time we will reevaluate our operational model.
Meetings scheduled during this time of closure will need to be cancelled, rescheduled, scheduled by Zoom or other preferred technology platforms. Although the physical office will be closed, we will still be operational, just off site.
Administration reserves the right to extend this closure. Another document will be distributed concerning the practical aspects of business continuity from home in order to stay operational. Again, we are open for business; we are just relocating our operations.
What we learned from other countries is that this disease is highly contagious and much more lethal than the seasonal flu. We learned that individuals can exhibit few of the symptoms, yet still be infected and contagious. Being unaware that we are infected, we can spread the disease within the office without being aware we are doing so. Our office staff is composed of many individuals in various age groups and various health conditions, maybe some with compromised immune systems. Therefore, we must exercise caution for the whole group. We must be proactive in assisting our federal, state and local authorities by minimizing exposure. Furthermore, if one of our employees tests positive for the virus, the rest of the office would have to self-quarantine.
God is our present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He will guide us through these times by His strength and power. He has blessed and protected us in the past and we need to continue to trust in His leading going forward. Please stay safe and healthy. Minimize your exposure and follow CDC guidelines as expressed on their website. God bless!
– SUC Administration