Hublot Closes Factory Amidst Coronavirus Concerns; More Closures Sure To Follow
Hublot has just announced closure of its factory for an indeterminate amount of time, stating the following in a press release on March 17. The news comes a day after Rolex announced closure of all its manufacturing facilities for two weeks.
“We are going through a period of crisis unprecedented in our recent history, with the expansion of COVID-19.”
“The Federal Council, the Government of Switzerland, yesterday announced more stringent measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular strict restrictions on movement applicable from today. This has led us to adapt our latest instructions to this new situation, with the same ongoing objective: protecting our employees and their families.
“By way of precaution, and to protect our personnel, we have decided to go beyond our government’s current recommendations and close our manufacture’s production site for the time being. This is a temporary measure that will be applied until further notice.
“It is our hope that this decision will help comply with the need to reduce travel, as communicated by the public authorities, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect all of our citizens.
“We are confident in our ability to overcome this crisis together.”
Numerous brands and individuals have taken various steps to protect employees and the community at large. We at Quill & Pad welcome these measures as sane ways to continue flattening the curve and protecting European populations.
And please stop buying (and hoarding) toilet paper!