In a statement, Jon Camp, managing director of heat exchanger maker Tube Tech International, responded to the COVID-19 outbreak:

As the COVID-19 continues to spread globally and the full impact of this pandemic is still unknown, we at Tube Tech recognise the need to apply additional safety measures to protect both our employees, their families and our clients around the world.

The UK Government has issued statements regarding the safety precautions that they feel necessary to contain the virus. We have therefore reviewed our daily operations to allow most of our employees to work from home.

Beginning Monday, 23 March, our offices in the UK and US will be closed until 31 March. The modification to our daily routine will mean that both locations will not be accepting deliveries, but our main phone will be routed to our employees to ensure that we are available to fulfil service requests. All our staff will be on call to meet any client projects.

We will continue to serve our clients with phone-based technical support. We remain fully operational but activities that need overseas travel may be halted as we know the travel bans issued by certain countries. This mandate will be revaluated on April 6th and updated if necessary.

To keep people informed of the situation, we will be putting a blog on our website where we will post updates as we adapt to this rapidly changing situation.