Apple issues new employee travel restrictions in Italy and South Korea, encourages virtual meetings

With the continuing global spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, Apple has issued another travel restriction notice for employees.

Bloomberg has the report on Tuesday, based on a memo that Apple sent out to employees recently. In it, Apple states that it has “instituted specific travel restrictions in a few countries including China, South Korea, and Italy”. That is indeed the case, with travel restrictions placed on China first, and now South Korea and Italy joining the list.

With the travel restrictions in place, Apple employees now are only allowed to travel to those areas with “business-critical” reasons. They must also get approval from a company vice president before they can travel. The memo also sees Apple encouraging virtual meetings, and informs sick employees to take sick leave.

There are many ways to continue to manage our ongoing meetings and activities through calls and video,” Apple said in the email to workers. “If you do have travel planned, we suggest you work with your managers to consider delaying or canceling business travel which could be postponed or managed through virtual meetings.

The memo states that “deep cleaning” routines are now a company top priority. That includes its stores and corporate offices, and includes shuttles as well. Hand sanitizer stations are now installed in front of retail stores.

Apple is making changes as it sees fit, being cautious where it can be. This comes hot on the heels of Google canceling its I/O developers conference due to coronavirus concerns.