Final night time — Tuesday — a tipster reported that Kirkland & Ellis despatched an e-mail informing members of the New York workplace that the vacation get together deliberate for Thursday on the Ziegfeld ballroom was canceled. The agency didn’t give a motive however we’re keen to wager it wasn’t that they abruptly realized nobody made the reservation. We’ve reached out to the agency, however haven’t heard again but.
Whereas surveys affirm that attorneys usually ache for a return to in-person vacation events, Kirkland made the suitable name in enjoying the get together pooper right here. An infection charges are spiking once more, and whereas vaccinated people are much less more likely to catch the virus and much more unlikely to contract critical instances, the danger that they may carry an an infection to a younger little one or immunocompromised particular person is simply too excessive proper now. If Kirkland has to sacrifice some deposits to guard the agency, it’s keen to make that decision.
This comes on the heels of Latham canceling its remaining in-person vacation events after the New York Company soirée ended with upwards of 10 associates coming down with COVID. Similar to with Latham, there’s nothing per se fallacious with bringing individuals collectively for the vacations if everyone seems to be vaccinated, however when events can really feel like an obligation for individuals who merely can not afford to get sick proper now, it’s finest to take away the get together outright so everybody can really feel snug staying dwelling.
Although there’s additionally a rumor that Kirkland might have adopted Latham’s lead slightly extra intently and encountered its personal COVID outbreak following a Chicago vacation occasion. In that case, it’s all of the extra motive to fully shut down these occasions going ahead — no quantity of precaution appears to be doing the trick proper now.
Nobody needs one other yr of digital events, however right here we’re. Hopefully everybody acknowledges that it takes a variety of fortitude to drag the plug on a serious occasion on the final second, however sadly it needed to be executed.
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