Publishers based in New York are now urging employees to work from home, following earlier suggestions to self-quarantine after travel.
Meredith Corp. and Conde Nast brands told employees to work from home until at least the end of March, according to the New York Post, so has Business Insider.
The coronavirus is spreading fast: in New York, there were over 300 confirmed cases as of Thursday, according to The New York Times. Mayor Bill de Blasio told New York City it could see 1,000 cases by next week.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that most gatherings of more than 500 people are now banned in the city, after it declared a state of emergency.
Broadway theaters will go dark for at least a month. (All 41 theaters have at least 500 seats.) Museums will no longer take visitors. Schools and hospitals will remain open.
Media events like South by Southwest (SXSW) and the National Magazine Awards (or the “Ellie Awards,” scheduled to take place tonight) have already been postponed.
In the United States, there are now over 1,300 cases of coronavirus.
Package deliveries to Conde Nast brands Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, Teen Vogue and Self will be refused from its offices at One World Trade Center, the publisher announced.
Those magazines — joined now by TheNew Yorker — asked staffers to work from home.
Meredith Corp — which owns titles like People, InStyle and Better Homes & Gardens — is telling employees in its New York, Chicago and Stamford, Connecticut offices to work from home as well, the NYP reports.Vice Media made the decision on Monday, after an employee in its Brooklyn headquarters was exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
The World Health Organization classified coronavirus as a pandemic on Wednesday.