A number of large publishers based in the U.S. are suggesting staffers work from home for 14 days after international travel, as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world.
The announcements came after Milan Fashion Week, which took place last week and was attended by many fashion editors. There have been at least 400 reported cases of coronavirus in Italy.
Hearst Magazines president Troy Young told staffers in a company-wide memo sent this week that anyone who has traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea in the past 30 days is required to work from home for 14 days, according to WWD, which first reported the news.
Staff should return to work "only if they’re symptom-free after that time," Young wrote. “If you are scheduled to travel to one of the impacted areas for business, please cancel your plans."
Symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms can appear within 14 days after exposure.
“As the virus continues to spread, the safety and well-being of our employees remains our primary focus,” Young wrote.
On Tuesday, Dow Jones advised employees who have traveled to Italy since February 6 (or live with someone who has been there) to work from home for 14 days.
Meredith Corp. is offering a voluntary two-week, self-quarantine for anyone returning from Milan as well as countries affected by the coronavirus, based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings.
Penske Media advised staffers to do the same.