JC Decaux and Viacom CBS close offices as precaution against coronavirus spread

Two more businesses in Australia’s media sector have been hit by the ongoing fears around the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Both Viacom CBS and JC Decaux have confirmed they have taken precautionary measures against the spread by closing their offices.

Two more media brands have potentially been hit by COVID-19

In Viacom CBS’ case, an employee has potentially been exposed to the disease, but is still undergoing testing.

“Staff at Viacom CBS Networks Australia have been informed of an employee’s potential exposure to the coronavirus. This individual has not been diagnosed with the virus and is currently seeking medical advice,” a spokesperson told Mumbrella.

“The safety and wellbeing of staff is the company’s number one priority. Therefore, as a pre-caution, Viacom CBS has temporarily closed its Darlinghurst office and instructed all employees to work remotely until further information is available.”

With JC Decaux, an employee has been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of the disease.

“The employee worked in JC Decaux’s York Street office on Monday to Wednesday of this week. The employee has self-isolated, is showing no symptoms and is awaiting the results of the test for the virus,” a spokesperson told Mumbrella.

“As a precautionary measure, JC Decaux’s York Street office will be closed until the results of the test come back. The business is still operating, with staff working remotely.”

Last Friday, OMD closed its Sydney offices after contact with a potentially infected international visitor. The offices reopened once it was confirmed the sick visitor had not been infected with coronavirus.


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