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Just a update on the office closures due to Covid-19 We will return to work after Labor Day September 8.

 

 

Previously, we said that our return to our regular work locations will not be rushed, will be thoughtful and gradual, and driven primarily by protecting your health, safety, and well-being. Since then, we have been closely monitoring new government guidance and regulatory requirements and building a comprehensive, companywide strategy with a cross-functional group that will guide our plans across all our locations.

In building that strategy, we are considering a wide variety of factors, including assessing our locations’ readiness to reopen given the new social distancing and protective requirements, the need for policies and procedures to govern how we all access and interact in our locations, and accounting for business requirements and your personal needs, such as childcare, as we move forward with our approach.

Taking this all into account, we have decided that, beyond essential employees, we will not be allowing any U.S. employees to return to work before Labor Day, September 7. The only possible exception to that would be if conditions improve dramatically within a state for a prolonged period and a facility meets our readiness requirements. In those cases, we may explore conducting a limited and strictly voluntary re-staffing pilot prior to Labor Day. The timing on the opening of General and Sales Offices will be on a case-by-case basis. We stress that every decision concerning returning to the office will be based on applying our companywide approach to the unique factors of a specific location and employee population. For example, one office may have everybody return at once, and another may have rotational and/or staggered shifts. And, in all cases, we will provide at least 30-days’ notice and detailed information as well as procedures for operating in the new workplace environment.

As we head toward summer, we also want to remind you of the importance of maintaining some boundaries between work and personal time.  this delineation is about making time to take care of ourselves, to connect with our family and friends, and to be there for the people we care about. Part of taking care of yourself and those you care for includes taking time off. Despite the current restrictions, we want to strongly encourage you to schedule and take vacation time in the coming months.

In addition, we are pleased to announce we will have our Summer Friday program again this year. It will be managed in a similar way as it has in past years. 

We truly appreciate people’s continued commitment and efforts as we navigate through this difficult time. 

 

More colleges and Universities have sped up the fall schedule to start up early and close before Thanksgiving ( before the winter flu and second round of Covid-19)

 

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List of colleges plans for fall. Updated regularly, over 600 included as of now. Over two thirds planning on in person, just 6% online, others undecided or hybrid model. All subject to change of course. 

 

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Here-s-a-List-of-Colleges-/248626?fbclid=IwAR1Pb8zviRw7yc3aw6faegZIryKA0VQAKGAq0YFjMOS-1VWXBXJISB-UGxw

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Regarding the opening of schools in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo just said that  they are still working on reopening of schools - No Summer Schools across the state. They are working on possible guidelines for the Fall opening, They are gathering the facts and will make a decision in July as to what the plan is for September.

What's holding  things back is the number of children developing Covid -19 

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There are further delays to the planned opening of Broadway.  Shows will only return in January 2021  (this is not a final start date) When they do open everyone will have to wear masks and subject to temperature scanning.  ( info from CNN)

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Here is a link to a article on how one of the was Covid-19 got to California.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/airline-passengers-brought-covid-19-into-lax-in-march-and-no-one-warned-the-public/ar-BB15sAgT?ocid=msedgdhp

Here in New York they have established through Contact tracing of Covid -19 patients,  Most of the spread was caused by people riding on the underground Metro. 

In Beijing China there has been another flare up in a fish market, they found Covid- 19 on a Salmon chopping block  in the fish market. So they have sent in the Army to close of a section of the city, and testing everyone. 

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All performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and at the National Theater in DC  have been cancelled until the spring of 2021 due to Covid 19

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Met Museum NY has said it plans to reopen 29 August.

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My sister went to the post office in South Africa to mail me a card. The response from the SA Post office is that they are not accepting any international mail. They will only be processing mail  within South Africa.  

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Covid -19 Hospitalizations rise as the  virus rebounds, the spread in the Southern states and West seems uncontrolled. More layoffs Likely as states see a spike in Covid 19 infections.

15 million jobs are still missing, and it's  becoming clearer that some of what people had hoped were temporary lay offs have now turning  into permanent Layoffs.

The Washington Times estimate that it will take 10 years for the economy to recover. 

lets just hope that July 4 does not become another virus super spreader weekend!

 

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