To All Our Valued Freelancers.
COVID-19 is causing a major disruption in the event/creative industry and is having a direct impact on our business and businesses around the world. We are seeing an unprecedented number of cancellations in the last 5 days and we know you are feeling the same concerns and uncertainty that is sweeping the industry.
Black Girl Group is a leader in freelance staffing and we would not maintain that leadership without all of you. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you could imagine and the professionalism that you bring to the jobs each day. These are unsettling times and we will be a stronger company once all the uncertainty regarding COVID-19 is behind us.
We are still talking with clients about future events for the summer and fall. We just need to get through the uncertainty and our clients will be craving live experiences once again.
I pledge to keep you up-to-date as we receive information from our clients about events and projects; including notifying you of cancellations and postponements as soon as they occur.
ALL events that we were activating for the month of March have been cancelled. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us during this heightened time of awareness regarding COVID-19. We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases in the workplace. The best strategy remains the most obvious—frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water; covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough; and discarding used tissues in wastebaskets. You should locate the nearest alcohol-based hand sanitizers to use as needed during events.
Unless otherwise notified, our normal attendance and leave policies will remain in place. Individuals who believe they may face particular challenges reporting to work during an infectious disease outbreak should take steps to develop any necessary contingency plans. For example, employees might want to arrange for alternative sources of childcare should schools close.
We will also incorporate these practices into the events starting now:
• No physical contact with consumers or BA’s – shaking hands, high fives, etc..
• Covering mouth when coughing or sneezing. If using hands for this, wash immediately
• Implement a series of regular/rotating “hand washing” breaks for staff working the event
• Keeping the loose product in bins covered
• Regular wipe-downs of sampling surfaces with disinfectant
To stay on top of the latest industry updates concerning COVID-19, check out the daily updates from AdAge , Event Marketer, the CDC.gov website.
Please hang in there with us. We understand these are difficult times, please know we are all in this together and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Know that we have your best interests at heart. Praying for each of you during this difficult time. TOGETHER we will get through this.
Stephanie R. Caudle