With the growing global concern of COVID-19 and the public health situation that is emerging globally, we wished to update you with the plans and policy that Yachting Partners International (YPI) is taking to ensure the health and safety of our clients, crew and partners.
We are closely following mandates set by each Governments and the World Health Organisation's and faced with the fast progression of the COVID-19 epidemic some governments’ have decided to close all “non-essential” public spaces.
In those places where this has been enacted, Supermarkets and food markets, pharmacies, tobacconists, newsagents, petrol stations and banks will remain open. All other commercial establishments (including restaurants, casinos, cafés, theatres, cinemas and nightclubs) will be closed for the time being.
Our offices in Monaco and London have fully optimised remote working should the Governments advise people to work from home. At the moment we are continuing to come into the office, and this will continue unless we are required to close. In that case we would inform you, and we’ll continue delivering and conducting business in the usual manner. We are able to host meetings via video conference.
Yachts continue to be considered one of the most hygienic and safe places. The crew are diligently maintaining their high standards to ensure every yacht is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to, and throughout each trip. In addition, the air is purified on most yachts and cleanliness is at a much higher standard than found elsewhere. We will continue to monitor the situation with regards to travel destinations, particularly with any charters that may be in affected areas.
YPI has updated our policy and procedures to ensure any all employees and crew members who are travelling to regions with COVID-19 cases are aware of the risks and are prepared to self-isolate upon their return. We are constantly taking note of the travel advice being issued by the EU and are ensuring the global coordination of our employees is aligned with the EU ‘contain and delay’ strategy.
If you have booked a charter with us for 2020 or would like to discuss a trip you were planning, then please do not hesitate to contact myself or the team. We would be happy to advise on the existing travel advice for your destination and give you the appropriate time to assess the situation and make a decision on your vacation plans. Ensuring your health, wellbeing and safety remains our utmost priority and we are ready to assist with any questions you may have.