JUNE 24, 2020

Chess Dynamics: COVID-19 June Update

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant influence on everyone and our sympathies sit with those who have been directly affected.

The safety and welfare of our employees has been our main concern, whilst remaining committed to supporting our customers and partners as best as possible.


The hard work of our employees has guaranteed that Chess have been able to operate during this time and I am immensely proud of them for their commitment to the business.


The Government has, on Tuesday 23 June 2020, set out further changes to lockdown measures in England which come into effect from 4th July 2020 to enable people to see more of their friends and family, to help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.


In light of these updates, we have reviewed our Risk Assessment in regards to the two metre social distancing requirements being reduced to “one metre ‘plus’”.  The Government have stated this means staying at least one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission. 


As the lockdown eases, our intention is to maintain our focus on increasing operations gradually.  Our key aim is to take a more ‘measured approach’ as we plan to return to work at our sites. These plans will fully support the Government requirements and concentrate on upholding the wellbeing and safety of our employees.


With this in mind, we intend to look at ‘maintaining’ our current two metre social distancing requirements within the office space (where this is already possible) up until the 4th July and from 6th July, we will look to retain a minimum distance for all our employees of 1.5 metres (which will be kept under review).


Lastly, I would like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their continued support during these difficult times.


Graham Beall

Chief Executive, Chess Group.


Our Covid-19 workplace risk assessment has also been updated accordingly: COVID-19 Systemised Return to Work