FORTES: excited to be back at work after the lockdown
In Italy the lockdown is over and FORTES has safely reopened its offices
For many of us, the past few weeks have been particularly difficult. Even in FORTES we had to face the consequences of Coronavirus health emergency. Luckily, our staff is in good health and even during the lockdown we kept working adopting smart working, both giving assistance to students who were abroad when the outbreak started and supporting foreign students in Vicenza with their repatriation. Furthermore, we are rescheduling our plans and starting to design new projects and activities that will keep us busy for the rest of the year and 2021.
Thanks to a significant and continuous improvement of the health situation, from Monday, May 4th Italy set out the loosening of the lockdown and factories have gradually resumed business. Moreover, in the Veneto region on Monday, May 18th bars, restaurants and hair salons were allowed to reopen with the necessary precautions, and restrictions on movement within the region had been lifted.
FORTES reopened its doors on May 4th complying with safety and health standards and alternating shifts both from home and in the office. We are excited to keep on making plans for the future, despite the current situation in Europe where it is uncertain when and how it will be possible to go ahead with international mobility programs.
Our Outgoing department is already working on new proposals and is keeping contact with its 50 Italian partner schools to update them on measures and methods to recover mobility projects.
At the same time, the Incoming department is all set to host foreign students as soon as this will be possible again. For this purpose, we have already equipped our two residences with the necessary individual protection devices, sanitizing gels, an ozone room sanitizing system and body temperature monitoring devices.
Italy is getting back on track. In FORTES we have never stopped and we are happy to resume our ordinary activities, perhaps with some more operational issues, but always with the same enthusiasm.