Will business travel resume back to normal soon?

Opening up America again

It is quite difficult to know when business travel will resume back to normal anytime soon. However, we do know that new guidelines have been announced to start opening up America.

During these unfortunate times one of the challenges has been the high uncertainty. President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three -phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. This may bring a bit of hope to individuals and guidance to people around the world.

General guidelines for all phases for individuals:
  1. Continue to practice good hygiene

Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently and especially after touching surfaces or used items.

  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.
  • Cover mouth and nose while in public, especially while using mass transit.
  1. People who feel sick should stay home
  • Do not go to work or school.
  • Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider.
General guidelines for all phases for employers:
  1. Develop and implement appropriate polices, in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance regarding:
  • Social distancing and protective equipment
  • Temperature checks
  • Testing
  • Sanitation
  • Use and disinfection of common and high-traffic areas
  • Business travel
  1. Monitor workforce for indicative symptoms. Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider.
  1. Develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following employee COVID+ test.

Phase One

For states and region that satisfy the gating criteria*

Phase One: Individuals

  • All vulnerable individuals* should continue to self-isolate at home.
  • All individuals, when in public should take high precautions and maximize physical distance from others.
  • Avoid socializing
  • Minimize non-essential travel

Phase One: Employers

  • Continue to encourage working from home, whenever possible
  • If possible, return to work in phases
  • Close common areas
  • Minimize non-essential travel
  • Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population

Phase Two

For states and regions with no evidence of rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria* a second time

Phase Two – Individuals:

  • All vulnerable individuals* should continue to shelter in their homes.
  • All individuals, when in public should take high precautions and maximize physical distance from others.
  • Non-essential travel can resume

Phase Two – Employers:

  • Continue to encourage working from home, whenever possible
  • Close common areas
  • Non-essential travel can resume
  • Strongly consider special accommodations for personnel who are members of a vulnerable population*

Phase Three

For states and regions with no evidence of a rebound and that satisfy the gating criteria a third time.

Phase Three – Individuals:

  • Vulnerable individuals* can resume public interactions but should still practice physical distancing.

Phase Three – Employers:

  • Resume unrestricted staffing of worksites
*Gating criteria
  • Symptoms: Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) reported within a 14-day period AND downward trajectory of covid-like syndromic cases reported within a 14-day period.
  • Cases: Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period OR downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests).
  • Hospitals: Treat all patients without crisis care AND robust testing program in place for at-risk healthcare workers, including emerging antibody testing.
*Vulnerable individuals
  1. Elderly individuals
  2. Individuals with serious underlying health conditions

Have a plan

It is important for once non-essential travel resumes back to normal and your employees will begin traveling for business that you are prepared. These times have been and still are extremely unfortunate and it is crucial for you as an employer, manager, or traveler to learn from and make alterations to your strategies. One thing we have come across is the necessity of creating and implementing a strong Duty of Care strategy and travel risk management. In order for you to meet your Duty of Care strategy we have worked tirelessly to create new features on our platform. These features will enable you to increase safety and increase control by knowing where all your traveling employees are.

Online Dashboard

You have the ability as an admin to check our dashboard for global major emergencies before booking a trip for your team member. Our dashboard will help you stay up to date in case of major emergencies worldwide which will also help keep you and your travelers safe and informed.

Live Traveler Tracker

Next, you also have the ability to view a live traveler tracker. Through this you will always be aware of your traveler’s whereabouts in real-time or where they have traveled during a specific time period. Here you can also connect with them when needed by phone, sms, or push notifications just in one click directly on our platform.

Ability to reach out

Your traveler will also have the ability to reach out to the rest of the team informing them that they are safe in case there is a major emergency around them.

Risk Assessment

While you are booking for one of your team members, we have enabled a feature to help you do a risk assessment. Or if you want to empower your employees to book for themselves, we have also created an option for you to restrict travel to specific countries or cities via Travel Policies.

Alert Notifications

Also, through our app and on our platform you and the traveler will be able to receive alert notifications in real-time about emergencies, flight updates, and terminal/gate information.

A 24/7/365 Proactive Support Team

A 24/7/365 proactive support team that is ready to help you with any queries and update you on changes to the traveler’s itinerary and suggest alternative solutions. During these uncertain times it is important to have a support team that will help suggest alternative solutions and help you make any modifications or cancellations to the trip. The support team will eliminate the need of you wasting valuable time on calls with airlines or hotels to make modifications/cancellations.  

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