Ford restricting travel for all employees amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 06:40:47-05

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Ford Motor Company has restricted all employee travel amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to the company, that includes all air travel international and in-country through at least the end of March.

The news comes at the same time that two Ford employees in China developed coronavirus. They were quarantined and are getting better, the company said.

Ford said it has been meeting daily, and decided to restrict travel until March 27. The company said it will revisit the decision weekly.

The company said there will be few exceptions to the rule and those will be limited to instances that are essential to Ford's operation, can only be completed by being physically present and don't create an unacceptable health hazard.

Second, the company said there might be an opt-out policy if you don't feel comfortable traveling, even on exception, and support and extra protection for those who are asked to travel.

Finally, the company said they will take additional action at Ford locations to educate and enable smart habits, which includes CDC signs, as well as signs telling people to wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and opt for hellos instead of handshakes.