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.