Mainframe employees asking to work remotely

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We, the employees of Mainframe Studios, would like to express our concern about the continued expectation for us to come into the studio to work. With the City of Vancouver beginning widespread community transmission suppression efforts against the COVID-19 virus, we are asking for the ability to work remotely. Many other studios and business have already sent equipment (colour calibrated monitors, teradici boxes, etc) home with their employees to facilitate this transition during this extraordinary situation.

If remote working can not be implemented immediately we ask that we are not required to come into the studio in the interim. Many employees live with elderly family members and/or those with preexisting respiratory issues. Every day we are expected to physically be at work the risk to our (and our family's) health becomes more dire.

With currently four hundred employees working at the Vancouver location, all of us working in close quarters, and the newest measures announced by the provincial government banning gatherings of fifty or more people we feel the risk of infection spreading within the office environment is too grave to ignore. This building has AC/air systems which will immediately spread the virus building-wide should an infected person cough. This pandemic is growing fast and if we want to avoid the same situation that has happened across Europe we need to follow the advice of health Canada and self-isolate NOW. We must do our part for the herd, avoid overloading the medical system, and hopefully "flatten the curve" so there won't be mass deaths in Canada. To act otherwise would be irresponsible negligence.

The government has asked citizens to practice social distancing and for people to work remotely wherever possible. We think it's our responsibility, and the responsibility of the studio, as good citizens of this country to take preventative measures now. Even if it is difficult or would cause disruptions to normal business activities, we feel we must do this not just for the good of ourselves as individuals but for our families, city, and nation as a whole.

Thank you for your consideration

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