After receiving so many COVID-19 related emails — some from companies we haven’t dealt with since the early 2000s — we feel it’s time to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the Monolithic Dome industry. But first, we want to thank you.
- Thank you for social distancing. It is our best defense. Without social distancing, this would be much, much worse.
- Thank you for kind words and actions. We talk with people all the time who worry about their neighbors and friends. They help where they can and honor the needs of people most vulnerable to this virus.
- Thank you to the people working to keep the economy open, packages delivered, and people fed.
- Thank you to the doctors, nurses, scientists, lab technicians, police, firefighters, and everyone fighting this disease and supporting those who have it.
We could go on and on with thanks for everyone doing their part. If we are going to beat this pandemic, it’s because we are working together.
Construction is considered an essential business in all but the hardest-hit areas of the United States. There is a painful, economic domino effect if construction stops for a long time.
For construction to continue, everyone must double their efforts to work safely. Monolithic Dome construction crews are typically small, tight-knit groups who look out for each other. Crews are encouraged to use safe distancing practices as much as possible. If any member of a crew reports feeling sick, they are mandated not to report to work and to get tested for COVID-19.
It should not be surprising that everyone from the crew chief to the guy hanging steel is taking this seriously. Many crews had strategies in place even before governments started issuing lockdown orders.
We see similar safety efforts along the entire supply chain with construction supplies and services continuing uninterrupted.
The Monolithic Dome is playing a helpful role during this crisis. Sunday evening, over a dozen tornadoes touched down in the south. Many communities had Monolithic Dome FEMA rated safe shelters where pandemic weary residents could shelter during the storm.
If necessary, such shelters could be used for temporary hospitals or overflow for emergencies. We hope it does not come to that.
There is a potential for shelters to be used for activities as social distancing is lightened, but people still need to stay separated as they meet.
We believe the virus will be beaten. It’ll take time and we must work together. We pray for everyone affected by this pandemic.