Gadens continues to closely monitor
the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the impact it is having on our
community. As a firm, we are committed to providing and maintaining a working
environment which minimises risks to the health of all our people, our clients
and our visitors.
Accordingly, having regard to the advice from the Australian Government and leading world health authorities, we are taking necessary action to reduce the potential impact of the virus. We have implemented recommendations in the Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines, as well as other safeguards. As circumstances change, our response is changing too.
The wellbeing of our people and that
of our clients and visitors to our offices, as well as our ability to continue
to carry on our business to support our clients, are our priorities and we are
putting in place plans around that.
Some of the precautionary measures
we have taken to minimise risks across a range of areas include:
stopped all non-essential international business travel until further notice.
asked our people to carefully consider and plan any personal international
our people who have travelled from or transited through any international
location in the last 14 days are being asked to work from home for at least
14 days, unless there are reasons why this is not seen as essential (such as,
for example, where they have been tested for and cleared of the virus).
limiting our domestic business travel to essential travel.
our people who have come into direct contact with a person who is confirmed to
have COVID-19 is being asked to work from home for at least 14 days.
people are being reminded to continue to follow good hygiene practices at all
times, and have been requested to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of
COVID-19 and stay at home and/or seek medical treatment if they are feeling
unwell. Hand sanitisers and disinfectants have been distributed across our
working, in conjunction with our landlords, to ensure there is a daily
disinfection regime throughout the buildings in which we have offices and this
is being constantly monitored and adjusted where necessary. Our landlords have
advised that they will inform us immediately in the event that any occupant of
the buildings reports a suspected or confirmed case of an infectious disease
assessing any large events planned for our offices, and are cancelling some of
meeting or events at our offices, we are asking any of our visitors who have travelled
from or transited through any international location, or who have been in
direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, in the last 14 days to
We have in place a plan that will
allow our services to continue to be provided remotely, as much as is
practical, in the event that our premises are closed. Continuing to service our
clients is one of our key priorities.
We will continue to follow the
advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Health, and the
World Health Organisation. We will also communicate further updates as