This update has been created in response to our client group having employees in locations that have confirmed cases of the COVID-19, referred to as the Corona Virus. Some employers may plan to send employee to areas where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Cases have been confirmed in all continents of the world except Antarctica as of the time of this information. (26 February 2020)
COVID-19 is an ongoing and dynamic situation which is not predicted to be over within the next 3 – 6 months. Any advice issued in this article may become obsolete without notice.
For ongoing monitoring and efficacy of advice there are credible sources that employers can access which are detailed at the end of this article.
Some UK bound flights have led to quarantine procedures for those aboard for up to two weeks. Please consider this as part of your “need to travel” assessment of risk.
Should you or your employees be required to travel to countries where COVID-19 has been confirmed, there follows practical advice to follow:
There is no vaccine against this novel coronavirus. However, you should take precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission including:
Once again, please be advised that COVID-19 is an active and dynamic health issue that is subject to changes in advice from authority sources such as the UK Government, World Health Organisation and NHS.
It is the duty of the employer to take reasonable and practical steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of employees.
This memorandum should constitute an element of your risk assessment for travel during this time.
Why it is useful
Travel Health Pro
Cited by UK Government to provide updates
Contained COVID-19 Updates of “specified countries” with maps of containment areas.
Specified areas guidance on returning to UK
Specific areas to avoid
Map (25 February 2020)
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