In Europe, helicopter manufacturers Leonardo and Airbus Helicopters both temporarily suspended or limited operations at their respective facilities. In the US, Bell continued operating as normal while monitoring the situation, while Boeing later closed its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, manufacturing facility for a planned two-week deep clean after identifying COVID-19-positive employees.
Helicopter air ambulance operators worldwide began taking a variety of rigorous safety measures ranging from requiring pilots to shave facial hair, wear N95 respirators, gloves and eye protection, to screening crew temperatures before shifts, flying only helicopters with compartmented interiors and using ground transport for higher-risk patients. US Army aviation programs were expected to continue in the short term in spite of the pandemic, but Army officials warned that COVID-19 issues persisting into summer could impact their global supply chain. (Sources: FlightGlobal, Vertical, Avionics International)