As a provider of offshore drilling services, Noble was designated an essential service for critical infrastructure during this COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore in this difficult time, we have continued to operate but only after activating our internal response team pursuant to our crisis management and business continuity plan, and taking comprehensive steps to protect the health and safety of those on our rigs, those traveling for crew change, those serving extended hitches offshore due to travel restrictions, and those providing shoreside support. While conditions differ significantly in the areas around the world where we operate, we continue to follow the direction and guidance of the respective local and national governments to best protect health and safety of our people and those around us.
Following the government’s guidance on signs of improving conditions at certain locations, we moved forward with our procedure for a tempered and systematic return to certain offices. This is taking place over the course of several weeks with added health and safety measures for both the transition back and while on location. Whether working from home during the shelter-in-place, or back at our offices under eased restrictions, our work and support for our offshore employees and dedication to our customers will continue.
Please note: While we may be back at some shoreside locations, our offices will remain closed to onsite visitors and guests until further notice.