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Update to Clients from the CEO: Reopening Safely

June 26, 2020

Greetings to our clients, friends and community partners!

I hope that you, your families and colleagues continue to be healthy and safe.

When I last posted just over a month ago, several states were just beginning the reopening process, and our firm was about to resume in-office operations after working fully remotely for nine weeks. Today, I thought I would share the key elements of our comprehensive Return-to-Work Plan that was successfully implemented five weeks ago. It has gone very smoothly, without incident or the occurrence of the virus within the firm. Currently the number of new cases in our community are rising and decisions to reopen must be carefully considered. Each business environment is unique, however, some of the practices we adopted may be worth considering if and as you chart your own path toward reopening.

Like you, our first and most important concern was and is the health and safety of all of our employees. Our planning team crafted the Return-to-Work Plan after a thorough review of the government mandates, the safety practices of essential businesses that remained open during the pandemic, and the guidelines provided by the CDC and local health care authorities. We defined protocols and policies for pre-entry to the office, use of common spaces, travel, and post-infection. Highlights include:

  • Limiting the number of people in the office by dividing the firm into teams, with only one team at a time rotating into the office each week and allowing at-risk individuals and those with child care issues or other special circumstances to remain working remotely;
  • Conducting daily temperature checks (with contactless infrared thermometers) and symptom assessments upon entry;
  • Staggering start times for each workday;
  • Assigning building entries and exits and “up only” and “down only” staircases;
  • Setting strict rules regarding physical distancing and wearing face coverings;
  • Closing high-contact areas such as break rooms and self-service kitchens;
  • Eliminating group gatherings and conducting meetings online;
  • Enhancing cleaning protocols, including providing hand sanitizers to all employees and strategically placing disinfecting wipes around the office;
  • Restricting travel via common carriers and following quarantine protocols related thereto;
  • Continually communicating and educating employees on the virus and the firm’s protocols, through emails, signage, and virtual meetings.

For now, we are even limiting visitors to our offices, and requiring those that must be present to wear face coverings and practice appropriate physical distancing as well. In addition to the health and safety of our employees, we are equally concerned about protecting clients, vendors and other visitors.

Our planning team continues to evaluate all of our policies and protocols, and refines the processes when necessary. We would be happy to share our plan with you in further detail, and help you implement your own safety measures as you prepare to, or would like to, refine your plan regarding your return to your workspaces.

In the meantime, be sure to visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest updates and information about the many federal, state and local directives and mandates.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and be well!

William T. Dymond, Jr.
CEO & President 
Lowndes 


William

Bill Dymond is the CEO and President of Lowndes. A leader in his field, Bill advises clients on all types of real estate and business matters, including significant work in the hotel/resort/leisure industry.


Bill is a member of the firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Group, which has handled more than $25 billion in transactions throughout the United States – including Central Florida – and Canada. He currently serves as general counsel to Visit Orlando, the areas convention and visitor’s bureau. 

Bill is equally passionate about counseling clients in the sport/entertainment arena. As the lead negotiator, his successes in securing multi-year television agreements with ABC and ESPN for the Citrus Bowl, Camping World Bowl, and team selection agreements with the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 12 conferences, were big wins for Central Florida in a very competitive sports marketplace. Bill has long been a strong advocate and played a key role in the renovation and related funding of Camping World Stadium.

As past chair of Florida Citrus Sports, Bill was instrumental in getting the Orlando venue’s plan complete. He has also worked tirelessly alongside other community leaders as a Founding Board Member of LIFT Orlando to further its mission to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization in the shadow of Camping World Stadium.

At the state level, Bill currently serves as a member of the Florida Council of 100 and he has served as a Board Member for Enterprise Florida and Space Florida, serving at the pleasure of the Governor as Chair of Space Florida’s Board of Directors for six years. Under Bill’s leadership Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has partnered with NASA to operate Kennedy Space Center and has expanded our state’s ability to dominate the growing commercial space market while creating jobs in this unique sector.


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