London Courthouse closure Memo
MEMORANDUM TO: All London Courthouse staff and stakeholders
FROM: Samantha Poisson, Director of Court Operations
DATE: March 17, 2020
SUBJECT: London Courthouse 80 Dundas St. London, ON
WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
I am writing to inform all MAG staff that the London Courthouse will be closed on Tuesday, March 17th.
Just after 9:00 pm on Monday March 16, we learned that one of our colleagues who works at the London Courthouse has tested positive for COVID-19. Following the advice of public health authorities, the individual has been directed to stay at home in self-isolation while they recover. Before being tested, the individual was at work between March 9th and March 10th and has not since returned to the building. They will not be returning to the building until fully recovered and medically cleared to do so.
We are closing the London Courthouse as a precaution, to allow for thorough cleaning and help reduce any potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. We expect that the courthouse will reopen on Wednesday, March 18th. We are in ongoing discussions with the Public Health Unit to ensure we are following best practices.
I understand that this situation may cause you concern. Your health and safety is of the highest priority for me. We are in ongoing discussions with the London Public Health Unit and will continue to follow their guidance around best practices to ensure your safety.
While the building is closed, you should contact your manager about work arrangements. They will inform you as soon as we are able to re-open for regular business.
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. These include:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
- do your best to keep at least 2 metres from others
The Ontario Ministry of Health website has important information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself. Furthermore, if you or anyone you know has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 they should be encouragedto use the new online self-assessment tool, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or the London public health unit.
You can learn more at https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.
Thank you for your understanding,
(original signed by Samantha Poisson)