Coronavirus Update

The UK Government has outlined a phased COVID-19 recovery strategy to address the impact the virus continues to have on health, the economy and the social aspects of our lives, and help return to some form of normality until a reliable treatment is found.   

At MOLA, our absolute priority is, and will remain, keeping people safe and we are following all of the advice and guidance provided by the relevant public health authorities and the government.

Below are the steps that we are taking to ensure the welfare of MOLA staff and their families, support our clients and the people who rely on us, and continue to fulfil our charitable purpose for the benefit of the wider community:

  • Monitoring people’s wellbeing – at MOLA we follow the latest health guidance on social-distancing, use of PPE and self-isolation; we have also provided additional advice on how our people can look after their mental health, including making sure our teams check in regularly with each other and know how to access support.
  • Continuing to deliver non site-based services – We have adopted a flexible working approach so our people can continue to work from both the office, with social distancing measures in place, and the home environments. They are fully equipped to respond to emails and telephone calls and continue to deliver vital projects and partnership work from wherever they are physically located. We will monitor and adhere to localised lockdowns and other safety considerations as required. 
  • Continuing to deliver site-based services – we are carrying out fieldwork, ensuring that sites and working arrangements are thoroughly risk assessed and measures are put in place to ensure it is safe to do so.
  • Protecting people’s jobs – we have been using the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme to help support our staff while many of our operations were paused or delayed, and have initiated our own MOLA Hardship Fund to provide extra assistance to our people and their families. A small number of our people remain on furlough and we are working to bring them as quickly as possible. 
  • Rearranging public events – At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic we suspended all MOLA public events to help safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. Our charitable purpose – benefiting society through archaeology – is central to MOLA’s existence and we are slowly and carefully resuming our events programme when it is safe and viable to do so. Some activities, such as guided walks and talks for groups of up to 30, are classed as educational activities and are able to proceed under current rules, whereas some other events are required to adhere to the ‘Rule of 6’.  All activities are subject to risk assessment and mitigation, including appropriate hygiene measures and social distancing within the group, and will be designed and hosted in compliance with government guidance at the time. If you have any queries or concerns, then please contact Magnus Copps, Head of Audience Engagement: 07801 572848 / mcopps@mola.org.uk.
  • Contingency planning and communications – We will continue to monitor and react to the situation as it evolves.   We have created emergency and continuity plans that we can put into action depending on the latest guidance, we are committed to responding proactively to the challenges we face and this includes continuing to communicate via our usual channels, including our website and social media.

Last updated on 15.09.20