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An increasing number of food companies (including Nestle, Unilever, Cargill, Starbucks, etc.) have placed a hold on international travel. Additionally, many are also encouraging employees to limit domestic travel.
Looking ahead at protecting employees, TAG highly encourages corporate entities begin considering their own travel recommendations or plans.
The use of technologies that can allow for distance meetings (via online) or other forms of communications are highly encouraged.
Properly washing one’s hands is imperative to preventative control.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization briefed that while COVID-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, it is not as easily transmitted.
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Recommendations for the Food Industry
Travel Recommendations for Companies
As of today, March 4, an increasing number of food and beverage companies (including Nestle, Unilever, Cargill, Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc.) have put a hold on employee travel for non-essential purposes. While the World Health Organization is not advising travel bans, companies are taking a proactive approach to protecting their employees, protecting assets, and helping limit potential spread. Although the time limit for the travel bans vary (between two weeks and onwards), companies should consider mechanisms/protocols for restricting domestic and international travel as community transmissions continue.
For International Travel
The CDC continues to recommend non-essential travel to four high-risk countries (South Korea, Italy, Iran, China). These countries have widespread sustained transmission. Travel to Japan is discouraged for older adults and those with chronic medical conditions.
U.S. Domestic Travel
As COVID-19 cases continue to emerge in the United States, an increasing number of states (including Washington and Florida) and various regions, have begun declaring “States of Emergency”. Although there are currently no travel advisories or restrictions in place within the United States, employers should consider their employees’ personal health considerations and the necessity for travel.
Employers can use these online sites to track the most recent information about cases in the US:
When developing travel recommendations, employers should consider the geographic location of the company and its assets, the ages and health profiles of employees, the reasons for/necessity of the potential travel; and any other company- or employee-specific factors that could be of impact.
If employees are returning from international travel (or if they are in frequent contact with individuals who have returned from high-risk areas), employees should be advised and encouraged to work from home for two weeks. This is applicable to any individual, regardless of symptom presentation.
If you will be traveling:
Avoid contact with sick individuals
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, as the virus is easily transmitted through droplets and mucous membranes.
Clean your hands frequently with soap and water (at least 20 seconds) or use an alcohol-based sanitizer containing 60 – 95% alcohol.
Although community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in the U.S., the risk of contracting coronavirus here remains low. But it is imperative to view and manage personal risk based on individual factors. When considering your personal health situation, you may determine that travel should be postponed. Another consideration is for immune-compromised family or household members; you do not want to bring the virus into your home environment and inadvertently expose high-risk family members. As such, the use of technology tools like video conferencing or conference calls may be appropriate.
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