Coronavirus Update

As we remobilise our operations, we wanted to provide a further update on how we intend to continue supporting our staff, clients, supply chain partners and stakeholders over the coming weeks. Our absolute priority is, and will remain, keeping people safe and we are following all of the advice and guidance provided by Public Health England and the UK government.

Below are the steps that we are now 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 – everyone at MOLA has been briefed on the latest health guidance on social-distancing and self-isolation, and we are following advice where suspected cases of COVID-19 arise within our staff, clients or other stakeholders; 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 – where possible our staff will continue to work from home, which means we will still be responding to emails, telephone calls and continuing to deliver vital projects and partnership work; we will be reopening most of our office workplaces from 8 June for people who cannot work from home, however numbers of staff using these spaces will be carefully controlled and social distancing measures will be in place
  • Continuing to deliver site-based services – we have been carrying out limited fieldwork over the past few weeks and only where sites have been thoroughly risk assessed and social distancing has been possible, we are continuing to work with our clients to safely remobilise our field-based operations and following strict working practices including revised transportation arrangements to site, rigorous health and safety practices and testing where needed
  • Protecting people’s jobs – we have been using the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme to help support our staff while most of our operations have been paused, and have initiated our own MOLA Hardship Fund to provide extra assistance to our people and their families; we will continue to use a phased approach to bringing people back off furlough to support our operations as we remobilise the business over the coming weeks
  • Postponing public events – we have taken the decision to postpone or cancel all MOLA public events for the time being, which we feel is an important and responsible precautionary measure to help safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. Our charitable purpose – benefiting society through archaeology – is who MOLA is and what we are all about. We will continue to review the situation and look forward to resuming our events programme when it is safe and viable to do so. If you have any queries or concerns in the meantime, then please contact Magnus Copps, Head of Audience Engagement: 07801 572848 / mcopps@mola.org.uk.
  • Contingency planning and communications – although things are evolving quickly, 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 – personal connections are especially important at times such as these so let’s all keep in touch.

We are absolutely committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff. Although the majority of our people continue to work from home where possible, we have developed a safe working practice document and a number of risk assessments to support MOLA in remobilising our operations in a phased and controlled manner. These documents have been drafted in line with government and industry guidance, and have been written in consultation with staff and the trade union.

All documents are available for staff to access using our internal systems and are also shared routinely with contractors and clients as part of an overall information exchange to help ensure the health and safety of staff, contractors and everyone we work with. Also as required by the government, a signed “Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020” poster is displayed in all of our workplaces. 

Last updated on 08.06.20