We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, our members, and their communities. We know that each of our members has made that same commitment as well. Therefore, MRES has decided to keep our Sioux Falls office closed through the end of July. The opening of our facility is decided on a monthly basis and may change without notice.
Approximately two-thirds of MRES employees have returned to work at the Sioux Falls headquarters. The remaining employees are still quarantined and are working at home. All MRES staff members are available for phone calls and webinars to answer your questions or to provide assistance.
This is our updated status as of July 1, 2020:
- The MRES office is closed through end of July.
- No travel via public transportation is allowed through the end of July.
- Staff may travel to member communities unless the member is in a county determined to be an MRES-defined hotspot.
- Distribution maintenance crews in member communities are back to working regular schedules.
- Power plants have resumed normal operations.
- The Operations Center staff is working 12-hour rotating shifts.
MRES is taking steps to ensure returning to the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic is safe for all employees. Our employees are our most important asset and MRES is serious about the safety and health of our employees. Employee involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Return and Re-entry Plan (RREP). Our RREP follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and applicable state guidelines and federal and Minnesota OSHA standards related to COVID-19, as well as other applicable guidelines.
MRES has created a repository of COVID-19 policies that were developed to deal with the crisis. The policies can be found in the Members Only section of the MRES website and include:
- MRES COVID-19 Response (May 19, 2020)
- MRES Return and Re-Entry Plan (May 19, 2020)
- MRES Hotspot Definition (May 26, 2020)
- Remote Work Arrangement (June 10, 2020)
- Contact Tracing Guidelines (June 20, 2020)
Just as public power utilities have always done during snowstorms, ice storms, and tornadoes, MRES members and associates are keeping the lights on and the water running, meeting your customers' needs, and supporting your communities, while protecting the safety and health of your employees. MRES is also working to do our part to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we make adjustments in an effort to serve you better.
We are sending wishes and prayers that all of you stay safe and healthy!
If you have any questions, please contact Joni Livingston at joni.livingston@mrenergy or 605-261-3637 (cell).