Note from the ASDC CEO: On Monday March 16th, the Government advised that people should avoid social venues and work from home where possible. Most of your organisations closed to the public the next day. On Wednesday the conference call focussed on the closures and HR and financial planning. On Thursday, ASDC agreed a way with BEIS to put in submission for emergency measures to science centres and collected and collated information from 15 centres and put in an bid for £34 million to BEIS. Last Friday a financial 80% package was announced for furloughed staff in certain sectors.
Over the weekend I have also discussed with ITU and emergency doctors what is the urgent need, and what our sector, with its huge social media links and understanding of science, could do to help this and next week.
This call is for you to find out about, and share and with other CEOs and senior managers information relating to:
The Government’s 80% furlough funds, and information on grants.
Financial planning and business critical actions
What we as a sector can do to get the message out to prevent the spread of infection.
Our next Coronavirus call will focus on the digital and creative ideas you all have, and we can share to support one another, schools, our communities and our sector during this time.