THTBC Travel Policy

Last updated April 28, 2020 10:46 AM EST

THTBC Travel Policy

THTBC COVID Travel Policy Updated 03.16.20

Domestic Travel.

CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illnessIf you must travel, follow any state and local travel 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. For more information and travel guidance, check with the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. Just because there are no restrictions at the time you plan to leave does not mean there won’t be restrictions in place when you arrive.

In general, employees should avoid all non-essential travel.  Travel should be cleared by your supervisor.

If you have specific health concerns relating to travel, you should talk to your manager or Human Resources. For more information about THTBC’s travel policies, you may email wellness@thtbc.com

For more information about travel in the U.S., visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Foreign Travel Restrictions.

Currently, employees are restricted from foreign work-related travel to locations where the CDC has issued travel health notices for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 countries.  These countries are listed below and details may be found on the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

  • China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, Israel, Brazil, Chile, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.

Should an employee have personal travel planned to a country where a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 health notice has been issued by the CDC, the employee must notify his or her supervisor and Human Resources prior to departure.  THTBC will address specific travel needs on a case by case basis.  Employees who travel outside the US to a country where a travel health notice has been issued, the employee may be required to self-quarantine and work remotely for at least fourteen (14) days prior to returning to the jobsite.

General Travel Recommendations and Key Points.

  • Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
  • There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas.
  • US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

It is important all employees communicate with their supervisors and Human Resources with any questions or concerns.  You may reach out to wellness@thtbc.com with travel-related questions.

Employees are expected to exercise necessary precautions when traveling for business or personal purposes. The CDC is continually updating travel advisories, found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Travel for business purposes should be limited to reduce opportunities for exposure. If an employee begins exhibiting symptoms following travel, he or she should immediately reach out to his or her healthcare provider and inform his or her supervisor.