Square Enix Japan released a notice mentioning an employee having tested positive for COVID-19 on 8 April 2020. Naturally, they have moved to take the appropriate steps, with employees now required to work from home until at least 6 May.
Kojima Productions also had a case of an infected employee reported on 30 March, who had been at home since 20 March, according to its notice here. Nevertheless, their staff has also been working remotely, with their full notice as follows:
KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS’ has learned today that an employee working at the studio has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee has been at home from March 20th and as such has not entered the office since then.
During that time, the employee underwent a PCR test, which returned a positive result today.
We are working closely with public health authorities and they have informed us that since this employee was not in the office at the time of symptoms onset, all other KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS employees are not considered “close contacts”, meaning that it is not mandatory to close the office.
However, we at KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS have independently decided to enact the following precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees as well as the broader community.
- Temporarily close the office floor
- Sanitize all office facilities
- All working staff will now work remotely
- Supervise and support for the health condition of all staff
KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS will continue working closely with our public health authorities and enact
additional precautions as necessary to prevent further spread in any way possible.
With FFVIIR officially launching tomorrow, we might have to brace ourselves for even more hiccups in the system. Be sure to stay home and stay safe, everyone.