Our Plans to Return to the Office in a COVID-19 Environment
The Bailey Group has served throughout the pandemic, albeit remotely. With St. Johns County and the state lifting some restrictions related to COVID-19, we have worked diligently with our parent company at NFP and their Coronavirus Critical Response Team’s Steering Committee to gain approval to reopen our office space.
Effective June 8, 2020, we have activated the first stage of our office reopening framework, which involves having a small portion of our team – those who are ready and able – volunteer to return to the office. This small, rotated-schedule opening allows for us to scale down and scale up in response to safety guidelines. For mutual care during this phase, visitors and/or clients will not be permitted in our office and we will continue to encourage web and phone meetings.
Our top priority remains the safety of those we serve, and our associates.
Leading up to and after our reopen date, we will be:
- Working to ensure compliance with guidance from federal and local authorities, as well as prevailing regulations (OSHA, ADA and CDC);
- Monitoring the trajectory of new COVID-19 cases in our area (reserving the right to revisit our decision to reopen if the trajectory shifts);
- Stocking the office with appropriate health and safety protection (sufficient cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and masks) and having the office professionally cleaned; and
- Reconfiguring the office to support social distancing, including restricting access to common areas.
We will be disciplined in our approach returning to the office by following these protocols:
- We’re asking those who have a fever or are sick (especially with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), to not come into the office.
- At this time, each morning we will ask every associate that comes into the office to self-certify and confirm they do not have a temperature and are not experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- Social distancing and masks will be required while walking around the office, utilizing the elevator, sitting in cubes, and if permitted, common areas.
- We will be logging who comes in and out of the office so we can perform contact tracing should someone become ill.
- We continue to support videoconferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings, even for those associates who are in the office.
- Restrictions on business travel continue. Those who choose to travel – business or personal – may be subject to quarantine upon their return
An announcement about the re-opening of our office to the public will be made via our website and social media channels.
We want you to know that we remain available to field questions, offer insight and identify ways to help you operate effectively in this dynamic environment. Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in us as we work together to address this situation.