UPDATE: 17:00 Monday 24 February 2020
The global situation regarding Novel-Coronavirus (COVID-19 = disease, SARS-CoV-2 = virus) has continued to evolve, and our responsibility to the health and safety of all our employees and contractors remains paramount.
To reiterate the global position on travel to and from China:
- Business travel to China is not permitted unless approval is obtained from Ian Harnett via email.
- Business travel from China to any overseas location is not permitted unless approval is obtained from Qing Pan via email.
- Business travel within China (travel by air) is not permitted unless approval is obtained from Qing Pan via email.
In addition to the above, the following countries are considered higher risk due to increasing cases, public health measure on quarantine/self-isolation and the impact this has on doing business.
- Business travel to/within Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Iran, Northern Italy is not permitted unless approval is obtained from BOM member via email.
- Business travel to or between these countries should be essential and under no circumstances should anyone travel if they feel unwell.
Individuals undertaking personal travel to higher risk countries/areas should exercise caution, follow risk mitigation advice and consider alternative destinations if possible.
Further information can be found here.
UPDATE: 14:00 Thursday 30 January 2020
Helpful information re reducing risk of infection
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. If soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
17:00 Wednesday 29th January 2020
Our business has been closely monitoring the developments of the Coronavirus in China and wanted to give you an update and advice on the situation.
So far there have been no confirmed cases in the UK, but there are precautions we can take to reduce the risk.
- If you have recently travelled to the Hubei province, as a precautionary measure, you must remain at home for a period of 14 days following your return and please contact NHS 111, or if outside of the UK, your local medical provider.
- If you have been in close contact with anyone who has recently been in Hubei Province or is a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus and develop a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a doctor. In the UK, please contact NHS 111, or if outside of the UK, your local medical provider. Try to limit contact with others if you become unwell after travel until you have been assessed by a health professional.
- If you have travelled to or been contact with anyone who has been in Hubei Province but have not developed symptoms please continue to work as normal.
Further symptoms and advice can be found on the NHS website.
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE TO REDUCE RISK OF INFECTION:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) or with an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after coughing and sneezing and before handling and consuming food.
- When coughing and sneezing, use disposable tissues and dispose of them carefully and promptly.
- Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell or who are coughing or sneezing, and avoid sharing personal items.
- Avoid unprotected contact with wild or domestic farm animals (alive or dead).
- Thoroughly cook all meat and eggs before consuming.
We will continue to update you as the situation continues - for further advice and business information, please continue to check back on this page.