Coronavirus: Businesses count the cost of their continuity plans

Firms looking into sustainability of split operations in the long run

Ms Athirah Khairunnisa (on laptop screen), an account manager at Splash Productions, conducting a video conference call with her colleagues who are based at separate worksites. The marketing communications company split its staff into two teams a wee
Ms Athirah Khairunnisa (on laptop screen), an account manager at Splash Productions, conducting a video conference call with her colleagues who are based at separate worksites. The marketing communications company split its staff into two teams a week ago, with half of them in the office and the other half at home. PHOTO: SPLASH PRODUCTIONS
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With Singapore in its second week since the authorities stepped up the national response to the coronavirus to the orange level, workers and business leaders who took measures to ensure the continuity of their operations are beginning to wonder just how long this state of affairs might continue.

Many firms have activated their Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) since the disease outbreak response level was raised on Feb 7.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2020, with the headline Businesses count the cost of their continuity plans. Subscribe