Boeing [BA] on Monday resumed operations at its Philadelphia-area aircraft manufacturing facilities after instituting a number of measures aimed at protecting employees as they go back to work following a two-week pause to give the company and its employees a chance to adjust to impacts from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Boeing said employees on site will be required to wear masks or other face coverings and undergo temperature screening daily before coming to work. The company is also staggering shift times, reinforcing physical distancing practices including spacing work areas and cafeteria areas farther apart, and placing hand sanitization stations at entry points to the site.
Employees who can telework will continue to do so.
Boeing said it will continue to monitor events and conditions to implement new safeguards as needed.
Boeing manufactures the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift aircraft, the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor and the MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter in Philadelphia.
Separately, Boeing last Saturday said it completed its first transport mission to bring personal protective equipment from China to the U.S. to aid the country as part of its COVID-19 response. The company teamed with Dean Kamen, founder of the school-age FIRST Robotics competition, to fly 540,000 medical-grade face masks aboard a corporate 737-700 aircraft to New Hampshire.
Boeing said that Kamen, the founder of New Hampshire-based medical company DEKA Research and Development Corp., worked with DEKA to secure the face masks from manufacturers in China.
Boeing said it is planning additional coronavirus-related transport missions with its Dreamlifter and its ecoDemonstrator flight test research aircraft.