COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11th March 2020. The Turks and Caicos Islands went under a 24-hour curfew on 28th March 2020 and is now beginning a phased re-opening of certain businesses. A full re-opening of the local economy will begin on 6th July 2020 including a gradual reintroduction of domestic travel. Re-opening of Regional and International Borders will occur on 22nd July 2020.
As of the 11th May 2020, some Government offices have already reopened with skeleton staff and reduced hours to provide critical services to the public. Law firms are also permitted to operate with limited staff members, allowing for urgent business to be conducted with adequate social distancing measures in place.
The health and well-being of our clients and staff remain a top priority and we are taking all reasonable and necessary precautions. We will be seeing clients in office by appointment only. Please be sure to make arrangements in advance with the attorney that you will be seeing. Please note that Zoom and telephone conferences are still available and are recommended.
As mandated by law, all persons in public must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. For your safety and that of our staff, you will be required to sanitize your hands and wear a protective face covering to enter and during the duration of your time in our offices. In the absence of the foregoing, entry to our offices will be denied.
Please contact your Wessex Fairchild attorney should you have any questions or require more details in relation to the COVID-19 measures being taken.
Written by Arnelle Taylor
Arnelle Taylor is a partner at Wessex Fairchild Attorneys. She was admitted as an attorney in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2019 and has a Master of Laws with a focus on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.