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What will coronavirus mean for my business?

Geplaatst op: 13 februari 2020

In principle, businesses are responsible for deciding for themselves how they deal with coronavirus. However, we can give some general recommendations.

Should businesses take preventive measures?

The most important thing is to follow the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). You can find it here. In summary, the recommendations are:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues.

Additional information is available for some specific sectors:

Should my staff be working from home?

These are arrangements that businesses need to make with their staff. In the unlikely event that one of your staff members becomes infected with the virus, we will carry out an investigation to check everyone they have been in contact with.

An employee has just returned from a holiday in an area where coronavirus is widespread. Should he/she stay at home?

If the employee is healthy and has no symptoms then there is no medical reason to send the employee home or ask him/her to stay at home.

If the employee has respiratory symptoms such as a cold, a cough and/or tightness of the chest, then it is advisable for him/her to:

  • Stay at home.
  • Limit contact with other people.
  • Call his/her GP or the GGD if he/she has a fever or the symptoms get worse.

My employees are due to visit a trade fair. Can they go?

The most important thing is to follow the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). You can find it here. In summary, the recommendations are:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Don’t shake hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues.

Will I have to close my business if someone is infected? And who decides this?

Whether you have to close your business will depend on the circumstances. The local or national government decides this.

More information for businesses is available on the Dutch Government website.