An ASME Community Update
As you may be aware, over the last few days COVID-19 has spread quickly throughout the United States. The Federal government, every State and many local governments have issued guidelines for mandatory restrictions in an effort to contain and/or limit the spread of the virus. In addition, many universities and schools announced they will be taking steps to limit large meetings and gatherings to contain and/or limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The ASME Executive Management Team (EMT) has been monitoring news reports and meeting daily to evaluate what we can do to lower the probability of the spread of the coronavirus in and among our staff, volunteers and other individuals who participate in our events. We have been reviewing all events (including conferences and standing meetings) and making decisions on a case-by-case basis, because we do not believe that there is a “one size fits all” solution for this complex situation.
Given the latest developments, our focus has now turned to the risk of potential exposure for:
- Members of our staff who commute on public transportation
- Staff, volunteers and other individuals who conduct meetings
- Staff and Volunteer Travel
ASME will continue to operate during this situation, however given the issues above, we will operate subject to the following modifications.
The New York office was closed to all staff and visitors at the close of business Wednesday, March 11, 2020 through Friday March 27, 2020. Similarly, our offices in Little Falls, New Jersey; Washington, DC; and Houston, Texas will be closed to all staff as of the close of business Friday, March 13, 2020 through Friday March 27, 2020.
All staff will work from home during this period. The closure of the offices is solely to ensure safety for all individuals during this period.
The New Delhi, India office will continue to be open for the time being, and the ASME Beijing Office will remain closed with the staff working from home.
All international staff and volunteer travel is canceled until May 29, 2020. Any domestic travel by staff or volunteers prior to May 29, 2020 will be limited and is only permitted with executive approval.