“While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus.” (~ DHS Acting Secretary, Chad F. Wolf)
The coronavirus (provisionally named SARS-CoV-2, with its disease being named COVID-19) has now been documented in more than 100 countries and territories, with over 120,000 cases across the globe. In the United States, there have been more than 1,000 reported cases across at least 45 states. The coronavirus has significantly impacted domestic and foreign travel. Just yesterday, the Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory – Level 3 (the second highest advisory), requesting United States citizens reconsider any international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In addition, many businesses have imposed restrictions on domestic and foreign employee travel. Twitter, Amazon, Salesforce and Nike, in addition to scores of manufacturers and professional service firms, are among the companies banning certain employee travel due to the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, March 11, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation (the “Proclamation”) that limited travel from certain European countries to the United States (to view the Proclamation, click here). The ban goes into effect at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 13, 2020. The following lists some general facts about the Proclamation to guide companies in decision-making and risk mitigation.
For more information about this, please contact your Foley relationship partner. For additional web-based resources available to assist you in monitoring the spread of the coronavirus on a global basis, you may visit the CDC and the World Health Organization.
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