Investment banks, such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and UBS with operations in China and adjacent counties, are telling staff to stay at home and put off any non-essential travel to the region. As a precaution, employees returning from mainland China are forced—for the health and safety of the other employees—to work from home for two weeks and can only return to the office once it’s proven that they’re symptom-free.
Facebook is banned in China; however, the social media company maintains offices in the country. Facebook is halting all non-essential employee travel to China and is telling employees who have recently returned from China not to come into the office and work from home.
Major airlines are canceling flights to help stop the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of their pilots, flight attendants and others. McDonald’s, Ikea, Disney, KFC, Pizza Hut, General Motors, Ford, WeWork and an array of other companies have announced that they are temporarily discontinuing operations or restricting their staff from traveling to the region.