Norton Rose Fulbright shut down its Dubai office for a fortnight after a staff member contracted COVID-19, but the firm has rejected claims that a lax approach to anti-viral measures was responsible.
An NRF employee fell ill with COVID-19 two weeks ago, RollOnFriday has learned, leading to the closure of the office and all staff self-quarantining for two weeks. It re-opened this week.
Before the outbreak, staff had been allowed to attend weekly office meetings "without any social distancing or face masks" at which shared food platters were "encouraged", claimed a source.
But while NRF confirmed that one of its Dubai staff did fall ill, it said the individual "did not contract the disease in our offices".
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However, before they displayed symptoms, Typhoid Mary/Mark "elected to attend a meeting where social distancing was reasonably practised", said a spokesperson for the firm, and so the whole office was taken off the board.
A spokesperson said there had been no further cases.
As offices balance returning staff to the office with the likelihood of infections and the attendant risk of liability, expect sudden closures, which would have generated headlines a year ago, to become the irritating norm.