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Companies across Canada are majorly restricting business travel due to coronavirus

Companies across Canada are majorly restricting business travel as the number of coronavirus cases in the country rises to 79.

Scotiabank, CIBC and RBC are just some of the big players in Canada that are restricting all non-essential travel as they closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 across the world.

Hardware giant Home Depot has similarly put all employee travel to Asia and Italy on hold indefinitely, and all employees returning from those areas are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Canadian universities are also restricting travel for their staff and students, as are many of Toronto's medical institutions.

And it's not just businesses — provincial and municipal governments are also restricting travel.

New Brunswick has suspended all work-related travel to coronavirus hotspots; the provincial government will not send employees to China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore or South Korea.

The City of Edmonton is also placing hefty restrictions on travel.

Major Canadian tech conferences such as Collision and Shopify have also been cancelled, delayed or moved online in light of the outbreak.

Similarly, Canadian coffee giant Tim Hortons has been forced to cancel its annual Roll Up the Rim contest as the number of COVID-19 cases surges across the world.

Internationally, major corporations such as Amazon, Nestle, Starbucks, Twitter, Google, Salesforce and L’Oreal are asking their employees not to travel and to work from home.

There are currently more than 110,000 COVID-19 cases in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

Lead photo by

Kirstie Warner

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