With safety measures in place and local authorities notified, Prada looks at developing future collections.
The Prada Group has partially reopened its workshop in Tuscany and has recalled around 300 employees to work in the leather goods, apparel and footwear departments at its Arezzo premises. This reopening was communicated to the local authorities beforehand and it’s intended to facilitate prototyping and sample-making departments essential for the development of the company’s forthcoming collections. The partial opening of factories in Umbria, Marche and Veneto comes next, followed lastly by the collection and sample-making workshops in Prada’s Milan headquarters.
Meticulous precaution was taken to ensure the health of employees in collaboration with local authorities and advocates from Health and Safety services. The measures taken include reduced hours, correct social distancing between workspaces, distribution of protective equipment such as gloves, masks and hand sanitizer, full room sanitizing twice daily and on-site nurses to perform serological testing on employees.
The company will test its employees on a monthly basis and will cover all cost of the approximately 1,000 test per week. If any employee tests positive, the company will also extend the double screening process to their family members.
Patrizio Bertelli, Prada Group’s CEO, said: “In this emergency situation we have not only been considering when to reopen our manufacturing facilities but above all how to reopen them in total security, in order to safeguard our employees’ health and protect them from the virus. We therefore immediately sought advice from leading healthcare facilities and from specialist pharmaceutical companies to identify the top-rated medical technology currently available to safeguard the health of our employees with these virus-screening procedures and to contain the virus. The introduction of these measures means we can now confidently restart production in Tuscany, and look forward to extending the above protocols to our plants and offices in other regions when they reopen.”
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