COVID-19: The right thing to do

The information given below is from 10 March. 

The COVID-19 situation is new for us all, and the authorities are fighting to delay the spread of the virus and thereby ensure that the health care systems can cope efficiently. The authorities expect that most people will be infected with the virus at some point, and most of us will only experience mild symptoms. However, it is important to delay the spread to ensure that society keeps working.

At DFDS, we strictly follow the expert advice given in the public recommendations. We are convinced that we best live up to our responsibility for our people and customers, by following the public guidelines. We are developing contingency plans to ensure we take care of our colleagues in the best possible way and that our company and ships can continue operating.

We often get questions about business travels, as people are concerned about travelling to areas where there is a risk of infection. Our policy – as recommended by the public guidelines – is that all business travels to and from the special risk areas (the Hubei province in China, Italian regions: Emilia-Romagna, Lombardiet, Piemonte, Veneto, Valle d’Aosta, Marche, the Gyongbuk province and Daegu in South Korea, Tyrol in Austria and Iran) must be cancelled. If you return from those areas, you must go into quarantine for 14 days before returning to work. As things develop all the time, please remember to check the public guidelines regularly for updates.

In some other regions, self-isolation is recommended IF you have symptoms of COVID-19 infection when you return. There are currently no recommendations to avoid travels to those or other countries or regions that are not listed as risk areas, but it is suggested that only business critical travel take place until further notice. Therefore, where possible, please postpone meetings or turn them into Skype meetings, if it can be done without any major negative impact on business.

The Executive Management Team

March 10, 2020