SGCHD Releases Business Travel Recommendations

In the wake of orders from Springfield and Greene County officials, along with similar orders from surrounding counties, businesses will again begin to send staff on trips. Officials with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department are issuing recommendations for businessmen and women who might be looking at business travel.

While SGCHD officials said the best option is to not travel, conducting business electronically, they recognize some business travel will need to take place. With that in mind, they are making the following recommendations:

General Guidance 

  • Review and carefully consider whether travel is necessary. If a travel area has high incidence rates of COVID-19, refer to CDC for further travel guidance (link to CDC page) 
  • Follow any state and local restrictions currently in place. It is possible that some state and local governments may put in place travel restrictions, stay-at-home or shelter in place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures while you are traveling.   
  • Do not travel while sick or travel with someone who is sick. 
  • Upon return, monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for 14-days.  
  • While traveling, limit social interaction outside of work 
    • wear cloth face covering 
    • avoid close contact with others (6 feet physical distancing)  
    • avoid shaking hands or hugging 
  • When using rental vehicles or shared work vehicles, make sure to sanitize the car interior and high-touch surfaces including but not limited to keys, steering wheel, gear shifts, seat belts, etc. 
  • When traveling in high traffic areas such as airports, train stations and bus terminals adhere to physical distancing, hand sanitizing guidelines and use facial coverings. 

Employee Health Guidance 

  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19 before starting travel and notify supervisor and stay home if sick. 
  • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and promptly call a healthcare provider for medical advice if needed. 
  • Remind employees to: 
    • wash hands often  
    • avoid close contact with others 
    • wear a cloth face covering 

Book accommodations in advance to allow the hotel/motel/rental staff to prepare for your arrival and properly clean and disinfect the room  

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance 

  • When you get to your room or rental property, clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remote controls, toilets, and sink faucets. 
  • Use a household disinfectant or other personal cleaning supplies, including cloths and disposable gloves. 
  • Wash any plates, cups, or silverware (other than pre-wrapped plastic) before using. 
  • Clean and sanitize any workstation(s) at the beginning, middle and end of each shift. 

Physical Distancing Guidance 

  • Consider using videoconferencing or teleconferencing when possible for work-related meetings and gatherings. 
  • When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces. 
  • Always keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.  
  • Pick up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service or stores. Adhere to physical distancing when dining in restaurants. 
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