Philipsburg Broadcasting to resume partial operations

    Philipsburg Broadcasting to  resume partial operations

Laser 101’s studio being professionally sanitised on Wednesday.

PHILIPSBURG--Philipsburg Broadcasting said on Thursday that it will resume partial operations on Monday, August 17.

Philipsburg Broadcasting’s Thursday announcement came after the company announced on Wednesday that it would close its building for two weeks because the host of one of its radio programmes had tested positive for COVID-19.


Two workers about to start fumigating and sanitising the offices of radio station Laser 101.

The Cut Creator DJ Outkast – the host of The Power Hour on radio station Laser 101 – announced in a public Facebook post on Wednesday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. He said he publicly disclosed his status to break the stigma surrounding testing.

According to Philipsburg Broadcasting, the Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) conducted contact-tracing and those in contact with the positive case were told to quarantine.

Philipsburg Broadcasting went a step further – it placed all its staff on quarantine for two weeks and hired a cleaning company to fumigate and sanitise its building on Wednesday.

There are four radio stations under the umbrella of Philipsburg Broadcasting: Laser 101, Mix 94.7FM, Oasis 96.3FM and Tropixx 105.5FM.

However, Philipsburg Broadcasting said on Thursday that staff who were not contacted by CPS would be allowed to return to work. This will allow the company to resume partial operations as of Monday, August 17.

Staff who were ordered to quarantine by CPS will continue to do so until cleared, said Philipsburg Broadcasting, adding that its safety protocols for staff and visitors have also been upgraded.

“I was very impressed by the work of the cleaning company. They were very professional with their sanitising efforts, especially around the delicate equipment in the building,” said Philipsburg Broadcasting Managing Director Francis Carty.

“Philipsburg Broadcasting continues to remind the general public to follow and adhere to the health and safety precautions and regulations of the Ministry of [Public Health, Social Development and Labour – Ed.] VSA, Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and the World Health Organization (WHO),” said the company in a press release on Thursday.

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