Companies nix trips

Amazon and other big companies are trying to keep their employees healthy by banning business trips

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March 4, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Tracy Westfield, assistant plant manager is cleaning Burroughs Middle school in Los Angeles, Calif. on Tuesday in efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Amazon and other big companies are trying to keep their employees healthy by banning business trips, but they’ve dealt a gut punch to a travel industry already reeling from the virus outbreak.

The Seattle-based online retail giant has told its nearly 800,000 workers to postpone any non-essential travel within the United States or around the globe. Swiss food giant Nestle told its 291,000 employees worldwide to limit domestic business travel and halt international travel until March 15. French cosmetics maker L’Oréal, which employs 86,000 people, issued a similar ban until March 31.

Other companies, like Twitter, are telling their employees worldwide to work from home. Google gave that directive to its staff of 8,000 at its European headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday.

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