OMD closes Sydney office over coronavirus fears

Note: This story was originally written on Friday, 28 February, but has been updated at 9:50am on Monday, 2 March to reflect the current situation.

OMD in Sydney has temporarily closed its doors as a precaution against the coronavirus.

An OMD London staffer visited the Sydney office, and upon returning home on a flight via Singapore has displayed flu-like symptoms.

The OMD team

Mumbrella understands the London employee visited OMD Sydney over one week ago.

The office was closed on Friday, 28 February, and remains closed today.

Mumbrella understands some other companies which had contact with OMD over the period, including Dentsu Aegis Network’s Accordant, encouraged staff to work from home while the issue is resolved.

OMD stressed this was not a confirmed case of coronavirus, as the London staff member is still awaiting test results, but it was best to act cautiously to protect staff and minimise panic.

“OMD will continue business as usual, with staff working remotely to minimise impact on our clients,” said Peter Horgan, CEO of OMD’s parent company, Omnicom Media Group (OMG).

In an email sent to staff late on Thursday night, CEO of OMD, Aimee Buchanan, said noted that working remotely may be an inconvenience for some, however stressed that the wellbeing and health of staff is paramount.

And speaking to Mumbrella, Buchanan noted that being cautious was the right thing to do in this instance.

OMD and PHD in London have also closed their offices.


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