KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As part of its continuing response to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Tennessee Valley Authority employees working in certain support and administrative functions will begin using telework processes beginning on Wednesday, March 18.
Specific decisions on telework are being made by individual working group leaders. TVA’s office complexes remain open and all power generation, transmission and river operation facilities remain appropriately staffed, although visitors continue to be restricted.
This latest action is a continuation of a phased response plan designed to increase social distancing to protect employee health while maintaining a focus on reliably providing vital services to nearly 10 million people across the Valley.
Like all utilities, TVA maintains detailed plans preparing for situations, whether natural or man-made, that may challenge its ability to fulfill its mission. The plans prioritize making informed decisions that protect employees and the public while minimizing any impacts on operations.
Previously, TVA had announced the closure of visitor centers and postponed the opening of managed campgrounds near Cherokee, Douglas, Melton Hill and Watauga dams. International and non-mission critical domestic business travel for TVA employees has been restricted, as has non-critical meetings of more than 10 people. Public meetings and outreach activities led or supported by TVA personnel have been postponed for at least the next 30 days.
TVA leaders continue to monitor the evolving outbreak, as well as coordinate with federal agencies and local power companies, and are prepared to take additional actions, as needed, to ensure the health and safety of the employees and the public.
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