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Getting Back to "Normal"

How close are you to “normal”?

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How close is your business/employer to what you would consider “normal” operations?

“I would say we are several months off from what I would consider ‘normal operation.’ We likely will not officially reopen the office until the vaccine is made available to all adults. I do not believe we will ever return to the way things were before the pandemic began. I think we have all adjusted well and are learning that remote working is possible and, in some cases, preferred.” -Kyle M. Butler, Shareholder, Soha & Lang, P.S. CLM Member since 2016.

“Rolfes Henry was able to quickly adapt and change into what I would call the ‘new normal’ immediately after the Ohio shutdown ended, which could possibly last the rest of our legal careers. Through the use of software programs and the almighty Zoom video conference, our staff has been able to be as efficient as ever while being remote and staying as safe as possible. We look forward to embracing even more technology in the future.” -Andrew L. Smith, Partner, Rolfes Henry Co., LPA. CLM Member since 2011.

“With offices throughout the nation, we see varying degrees of offices reopening starting as early as April 1. We have learned over this past year that flexibility and working remotely has a tremendous upside. We are rethinking everything about how our offices function to ensure we reopen safely and meet the needs of our clients and our workforce. The new normal is far removed from life before the pandemic, and we are ready for it.” -Stewart D. Reid, Firmwide Managing Partner, Wood Smith Henning & Berman, LLP. CLM Member since 2009.

“Envista has been very proactive during the pandemic to afford us the ability to continue offering expert consulting services while keeping safety paramount. For me, wearing a mask and social distancing while on-site has already become the new ‘norm.’ What I miss are the larger, in-person events. I think I will finally feel things are back to normal when I see my friends and colleagues at the CLM Annual Conference this summer!” -Donna Friis, Senior Project Engineer, Envista Forensics. CLM Fellow since 2019.

56%

Percent of Americans who say they are likely to travel for leisure or vacation in 2021.

Source: The American Hotel & Lodging Association

2.24 Million

Seven-day moving average of vaccine doses administered per day, as of March 19.

Source: CDC

14

Number of U.S. states with at least 16% of the population fully vaccinated.

Source: CDC

35.71%  

Percent of U.S. counties at high level of community transmission for COVID-19 during the seven-day period from March 15 to March 21. This represents a 5.59% decrease in counties at high level of community transmission compared to the previous seven-day period.

Source: CDC

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Phil Gusman

Phil Gusman is senior managing editor of CLM magazine, a publication of the CLM.  phil.gusman@theclm.org

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