Clydes gives lawyers coloured wristbands so they can indicate how Covid cautious they are

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What Clyde & Co’s new Covid wristbands might look like (credit: ITV)

Clyde & Co will give coloured wristbands to UK lawyers and staff working in the office as a way to indicate how cautious they are being with Covid and the level of contact they wish to have with colleagues.

The bands are voluntary and take a cue from traffic lights: green is “for go” and signals they’re okay to press flesh and return to 2019 norms; amber means they’re “not quite there yet” and perhaps okay with elbow bumps only for now; and red equals “greet from six feet”, indicating they’re quite cautious and want those around them to keep their distance and wear a face mask.

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“Our shift to hybrid working has been really positive, but we are keen to make sure that everyone feels comfortable in the office and confident to express their preferences,” said Rob Hill, partner and chair of the firm’s UK board, in a statement. “We’ve introduced wristbands, an idea which we have seen other organisations use, as a way of drawing attention to the fact that we shouldn’t assume all our colleagues feel the same about things like shaking hands, mask wearing or social distancing.”

As lawyers return to the office in greater numbers, law firms are having to reassess their Covid safety measures in place. Debevoise & Plimpton and Morrison & Foerster have mandated Covid vaccinations this autumn for all lawyers, staff and visitors to their London offices.

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How is someone going to see said wristband from a distance? Also as anyone actually going into the office will realise it is generally impossible to have space given most people share an office, have to take lifts and constantly walk close to each other in corridors. They are breeding grounds for spread of infection as seen by recent cold and flu outbreak.



Those who are sheltering away will be the ones to be hit most hard by the flu and colds when they come out from their cooped up misery hole. People back at the office are generally very healthy and are just getting on with things.



Did you really have to use the expression “press flesh”?


Equity Partner at Traffic Lights & Associates LLP

Green: promotion to Senior Associate
Yellow: forever associate
Red: won’t be retained at NQ


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This isn’t the only colour coded activity we have prepared for our staff at Clyde and Co



Here’s that decoded:

Red- Paranoid.

Yellow- Sensible.

Green- Twat.



“Green for go” is too directional, macho and well, gammon Tory.


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What happens if you wear a red wristband?



I’d imagine people are just a bit more cautious. Offer hand sanitiser before shaking their hand, etc.



I’m sick of this hand sanitiser nonsense. Wasn’t needed before the pandemic and shouldn’t be needed now. Wash your hands after a number 2 and that’ll do the trick.



Are you suggesting that it isn’t necessary to wash your hands after a number 1? That was disgusting before the pandemic and is disgusting now. I don’t know you, but I’d want more than hand sanitiser before shaking your filthy hands.



Hand me a green armband.

We need to get on with life and get back to work. Work isn’t just you doing your role from your home office.


Covid is real

…says someone who obviously did not have family members dead or in intensive care.



What next, you’re going to tell me not to get in my car because somebody had a loved one get hurt in a crash? Many things are real. It doesn’t mean the world has to end.


Come off it

@covid is real

It’s about balancing lives with livelihoods (and quality of life)

We have the vaccine now so anyone who now ends up dead or in intensive care either (i) chose not to get the jab or (ii) is very unlucky.

For the former, that’s on them. For the latter, we can’t keep society closed for relatively small risks – e.g. we allow people to drive cars despite the danger because the risk/benefit balances out.

(Your comment is so Summer 2020.)


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