All IndyBar members and employees should be assured that measures are being implemented in order to ensure their health and well-being at IndyBarHQ and bar-sponsored gatherings. While the leadership team diligently manages this situation, it is imperative that every member and employee recognizes his/her own responsibilities for both workplace and personal health and safety.
Knowing the global nature of our metropolitan legal community, we ask those that have traveled to a country with an elevated risk assessment as established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to wait 14 days after returning before attending in-person IndyBar meetings, events and seminars. Refunds, if applicable, will be issued when individual attendance is cancelled in advance of an event. We ask that this process be followed until further notice.
Currently, those countries on the CDC list include:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
For more information or to check for updates to the above listing, visit the CDC’s travel information webpage here.
Many of these common daily practices as recommended by the CDC will also help reduce the risk of getting the flu during what is currently a highly active flu season.
- Use Zoom Video meetings and Conference calls instead of travel or in-person meetings.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Employees who feel ill should immediately contact their personal physicians and remain home for their own and their colleagues’ health, while following normal sick leave and time off procedures.
- Employees should take advantage of the various services available through IndyBar’s benefits programs. For example, employees have access to Live Health, which provides 24/7 telephone and video access to licensed physicians.
With regard to domestic business travel, employees and volunteers who are not comfortable traveling within the U.S. on behalf of IndyBar should speak with the supervising volunteer or staff person who will make reasonable accommodations for participation if available.
Those with travel plans outside the U.S. or Canada should regularly check local government advisories for guidance and for any possible travel restrictions for travel to a specific country. Anyone traveling internationally should be aware of the situation in that country, restricted areas, any special health precautions or requirements, as well as potential screening procedures or possible quarantine protocols that they may be susceptible to prior to reentry into the U.S.
Please continue to refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website for updated and accurate information about the Coronavirus. IndyBar employees with specific questions about their personal situations should talk to their department director.
Andrew Campbell, 2020 Indianapolis Bar Association President
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Julie Armstrong, Indianapolis Bar Association Executive Director