News & Press Release
Response to COVID-19 (Second Report)
In response to the widespread COVID-19 pandemic in Japan and to ensure the safety of employees and related persons, Weathernews Inc. has set up a COVID-19 task force on January 27, 2020 to take the following measures. Services which address disaster prevention and sudden changes in weather conditions, as well as solutions to various social issues caused by the spread of the virus will continue to be provided to customers, while prioritizing the safety of employees and related persons and taking all possible measures to prevent infection.
Revisions and termination of these measures will be judged accordingly as conditions change.
Target: All employees and related persons who work in Weathernews offices in Japan
- In general, remote work at home should be conducted in the regions and period for which the declaration of state of emergency is issued.
In the regions and period for which the declaration of state of emergency is not issued, remote work at home is recommended for approximately two days per week, or for more days, if permissible. If there is a need to go to the office for a task which cannot be handled from home, work hours should be staggered. However, staff should work or rest at home if their body temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher.
When working in the office, staff should make sure to keep proper distance between neighboring staff and avoid seating across another staff. All persons inside the office are required to wear masks.
- In principle, overseas travel should be conducted by complying with the standards laid down between nations. If anyone returns from an overseas location, they should work or stand by at home for 14 days.
- In principle, meetings or visits with customers and counterparties should be conducted by following the policy of the other party. Eating meals with such parties should be voluntarily refrained.
- In principle, all events and seminars hosted by Weathernews shall be conducted online. All events and seminars which require physical participation should not be held, however the task force shall decide for any cases that require discretion.
- In principle, events where there is a large gathering of people should not be attended.
If an employee or related person is infected:
If there is a confirmed case within the company, Weathernews shall report to local authorities, identify the persons with close contact or who require health monitoring, investigate the action history of the infected, as well as plan for the sanitization of the office building.
Appropriate measures will be taken to ensure and prioritize the safety of Weathernews employees and related persons, their families and others including the local community.
Weathernews asks its customers and related persons for their understanding and continued support in executing the above measures.
July 1st, 2020
1) The latest policies on returning to work after the covid-19 pandemic were reflected.
2) The terms for visits and meetings, and policy for dining with customers were reflected.
April 7th, 2020
1) In response to the issuance of emergency declaration, the latest response policies such as remote work at home and prohibition of overseas travel were reflected.
2) Measures to be taken in case an infected person is identified were added.