Cooke & Bieler activated its Pandemic Response Plan in March 2020, moving to remote operations in accordance with instructions from local authorities. In June we began a phased reopening, allowing staff members who wish to work from our offices to return on a limited basis. In November, Philadelphia announced a new Safer at Home phase from November 2020 – January 2021, which resulted in all employees returning to remote work. Safety is our utmost concern, and we formed a Safety Committee consisting of both employees and partners to ensure a safe working environment and clear, consistent communication. Although we are again able to return to work, going into the office is still fully voluntary and any employee or partner who wishes to continue working from home may do so. The firm limits the number of people allowed in different zones of the office, and all employees who elect to work from the office wear masks when in contact with others, practice social distancing, and work in staggered schedules.
Throughout this difficult period, Cooke & Bieler has benefited from its investments in technology and disaster preparedness. More importantly, we have benefited from the tremendous dedication and flexibility of our employees who have ensured seamless service to our clients. While we look forward to the day when we can all return to normal, we believe we can continue to operate in a partial or, should it again be necessary, fully remote manner as long as necessary.