We are committed to being here for you through this turbulent time
First and foremost, I want to assure you that our priority is protecting the health and wellbeing of our clients, our employees and their families across all the regions and markets in which we operate.
We have contingency plans in place to safeguard our employees, continue serving customers and keep operations running effectively and in compliance with our regulatory obligations. These plans have been thoroughly reviewed again since the COVID-19 outbreak, and we continue to work closely with our colleagues across BMO Financial Group to be fully equipped to deal with any further escalation of the crisis. I am running daily meetings with my executive management team to assure that we are on top of and reacting to the situation in all our geographies as it evolves.
We have implemented working from home options for all roles that can be performed remotely. This includes our Portfolio Managers and analysts in all our locations, and we have worked with our technology team so that they are able to perform their roles just as effectively as they can in the office.
We are continuing to monitor public health updates in deciding how business meetings and events can proceed. Where we can use technology-enabled alternatives to face-to-face meetings, we will. We have also asked our colleagues not to travel between domestic BMO locations for meetings and to use the technology solutions that we have available.
All non-essential business travel has been stopped, and we have implemented self-quarantine requirements for 14 days for any employees that have returned from out-of-country travel. Employees also must self-quarantine if they display any of the symptoms or believe they may have come into contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor developments in this global pandemic and take necessary action.
If there is anything that affects our ability to provide you with the service that you should expect, we will contact you immediately. Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my team if we can do anything to help.