With the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) increasing, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington have issued coordinated travel advisories encouraging people to stay home and avoid nonessential travel outside their region. The advisories further recommend that people entering the states (returning or arriving) from another state or country after non-essential travel voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential travel is travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Essential travel includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health or medical care, and safety.
Tips: In light of these new advisories, Vigilant members have been asking if they should require employees who travel to self-quarantine before returning to the workplace. Because these are recommendations and not requirements, it isn’t necessary for you to attempt to monitor workers’ recreational travel. However, this may present a good opportunity for communication with employees about safe behaviors off the job, to reduce the likelihood they’ll bring the virus to work. This can include recommendations not only about travel but also other ways employees can help to keep each other safe, such as limiting the frequency of social interactions and the number of people at social gatherings, holding activities outdoors when possible, keeping at least six feet apart, and wearing a mask whenever they’re around people from outside their household. You may also remind them of any restrictions currently in place in your state or local area.