COVID-19: Travelling for Business? Here are Things to Consider
As an aftermath of the global pandemic COVID-19, most businesses around the globe are facing a downturn. Amongst them, the most hard-hit has been the travel industry.
Most meetings, conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been cancelled and are now being conducted online. Business travel however, still continues wherever it can’t be avoided.
Have you too been travelling for work during the COVID-19 times? Here are the best practices and things to consider when business takes you to faraway places.
How COVID-19 has changed business travel?
Most companies have deferred non-essential business travel. In cases where it is essential, travel approvals have been made more stringent, and travel and expense policies have been modified. Public information from WHO is being monitored continuously by corporate travel teams to keep employees apprised about the latest developments.
Is air travel safe?
All airlines are taking the utmost precautions to ensure that you reach your destination in a safe and healthy condition. Regular cleaning and disinfection processes, and HEPA filters fitted in most airplanes to clean the surrounding air reduces the possibility of you falling sick by manifolds. However, touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face with it could transfer the virus, and this is something you need to be very careful about. Regular hand washes and sanitization would ensure that you minimize your risk and of those around you.
Tips to stay safe during a flight:
- Always carry and regularly use disinfecting wipes or alcohol-based sanitizers
- Sanitize your seat, armrest, screens and other things around you with a surface disinfecting spray
- Switch on your air vent and keep the airflow below your lap to direct air-borne particles to fall on the ground rather than hover around your face.
- Maintain social distancing at all times. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people
Tips to stay safe while staying in a hotel:
- Thoroughly sanitize/wash your hands after check-in
- Use sanitizing wipes/spray to disinfect the surfaces around you, including door handles, switches and phones.
- Request the hotel staff for unused linen. Or better still, carry your own to avoid risks
- Wear a mask and maintain social distancing when interacting with the hotel staff
Corporate travel, currently experiencing a downturn, is expected to have a rebound once travel restrictions are eased. It is at that time that companies will have to be even more careful about the latest airline and hotel rules, and the safety of their employees.