COVID-19 – Update
Our doors remain locked but we are all working to help our clients while maintaining a safe environment for staff and clients.
Here are some of the things the Firm has done to increase health and safety measures since our last post:
1. We have acquired 2 On-Site Disinfectant Dry-Foggers which uses HOCL (Hypochlorous acid), a non-toxic sanitizer that the supplier represents to be 99 times more effective than bleach and proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and germs in a completely safe manner. Refer to Environize’s pamphlet for more information! Click here to see how we sanitize incoming papers and documents in minutes.
2. Papers received in physical form are immediately sanitized using the Dry-Fogger before being distributed in office.
3. All staff members use the Dry-Fogger daily to disinfectant themselves, their keys, wallets, etc. upon entry onto our building.
4. We have installed plexiglass shields at the reception desk and in the boardroom for use when clients are able to attend in office.
5. All staff members have masks and face shields to use as they feel appropriate during appointments.
As the COVID numbers seem to be decreasing, we urge everyone to continue to practice social distancing and to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. We are eager to re-open our doors to clients but will continue to follow government guidelines and only re-open when we feel it is safe to do so. For now, we will continue to meet clients in our office parking lot or by video conference. Remember to stay positive and productive, and contact us if you have any questions. We are always happy to help!
COVID-19 and Chinneck Law
An open message to our clients and friends of the firm.
It’s business as usual, only different.
Our doors are locked but we are still working to help all of our clients.
Here is what’s different:
1. We are doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
2. We strictly enforce protocols to keep our clients, staff, and families safe.
3. We are working remotely when it makes sense to do so.
4. Our doors are locked but papers can be delivered to us electronically, by courier, or dropped through the letter slot in our front door or letter box at the back door.
5. Papers received in physical form are quarantined for 24 hours (the amount of time the virus can survive on paper).
6. All contact surfaces like ledges, desks, door knobs etc. are sanitized regularly using government approved hospital grade sanitizers.
7. Frequent and through handwashing with soap is mandated.
8. Physical distancing is practiced in the office and elsewhere.
9. We are not conducting in-office meetings, but we are conducting meetings in the parking lot and by video conference using FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp (The Law Society has authorized lawyers to commission documents remotely using safe protocols.)
10. Our phones and e-mails still work – so don’t be afraid to use them.
We urge everyone to stay calm and practice physical distancing and self-isolation. We will get through this! Humans have an amazing ability to adjust and adapt. This situation, as bleak as it appears to be, is a challenge no greater than other challenges humans have faced and overcome. The prognosis is good: currently most people who get Covid-19 have few or minor symptoms, only 10% have to go to the hospital, and only 4% require ICU time. If we all do our part by physical distancing, we will save lives by “flattening the curve” so our hospital systems are not overwhelmed and unable to give proper care to those that really need it. And don’t forget, once you recover, your body will have built up resistance to this novel virus. Finally, remember that the night is always darkest before the dawn.
So keep focused on productive and positive things, and don’t forget to help friends, neighbours and work mates. After all, we are all part of the same human family and kindness goes a long way at a time like this.