Updated Stikeman Elliott statement in response to COVID-19

March 23, 2020
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, our focus remains on protecting the health and well-being of our firm members while ensuring business continuity. So far, we have implemented the following measures:

Operating remotely. We have concluded that closing our offices’ reception areas is the best way to align ourselves with Canadian public authorities’ efforts and to prioritize the health and well-being of our members, clients and communities. Accordingly, our offices will be closed to visitors beginning on Monday March 23. The vast majority of our Firm members have been working remotely during the past week such that this will not represent a marked change from our current status.

Our business continuity team has put measures in place across all our offices to maintain our service levels and to continue meeting our clients’ needs, just as we have done in previous challenging periods.

Our previously adopted measures to meet these important health and business objectives will remain and be updated as we address the challenges of the current environment.

Reliable information. We have encouraged our members to turn to reputable sources of information, rather than unfounded potential biases, rumours and speculation, and maintain healthy lifestyle habits as they go through this unusual period.

Applying simple prevention measures. We continue to remind everyone to take simple yet effective prevention measures that public health authorities have identified to reduce risks of transmission: wash hands frequently and properly (see WHO Method); sneeze or cough in a tissue or sleeve; greet each other with alternative means (e.g. elbow bump) or not at all; maintain social distance (which need not be at the expense of social connection given available technologies); and clean shared items.

Sharing our insights. We have shared our insights on the unfolding circumstances, including through client communications and blogs and will continue to do so on COVID-19 Canadian Legal Resources.

Finally, we cannot express often enough our gratitude to all medical professionals and other healthcare workers who are on the front lines working around the clock to meet this challenge.

Yours truly,

Marc Barbeau

See our previous post on COVID-19.