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COVID-19: Swissgrid took the necessary measures at an early stage

Swissgrid is focusing on the health and protection of employees and their families as well as the reliability of the transmission grid.

As operator of a critical infrastructure, Swissgrid constantly assesses the current situation and has taken the necessary measures at an early stage to ensure secure grid operation and to provide the best possible protection for employees and their families. The measures include hygiene and protective measures at the workplace, such as hand disinfectants at all locations, recommendations on how best to protect one’s health, a prohibition on business trips abroad, the renunciation of the use of public transport, and stricter access regulations for external persons to Swissgrid buildings and facilities.

In order to contain the risk of infection, Swissgrid has sent all employees to work in home office whose function and duties do not necessarily require them to be present at the locations. Stricter access rules apply at the two network control centres in Aarau and Prilly, where the Swiss electricity grid is monitored and managed 24 hours a day.

A task force continuously analyzes the current situation. It bases its definition of measures on information and instructions from the responsible authorities and works with a pandemic emergency plan. Depending on how the situation develops, Swissgrid will further tighten up the measures so that stable operation of the transmission system can be guaranteed even if the virus spreads throughout Switzerland.



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