HEALTH AND SAFETY
Novel Coronavirus Updates
EO has been closely following the advice and updates of the World Health Organization regarding the potential impact of the novel coronavirus on GLC. At this time, there are no major risk notifications for South Africa and 2020 GLC in Cape Town is going forward. While cancellation of the event is unlikely, we recommend that members who are organizing their travel arrangements should purchase travel insurance as a precaution.
As we continue to develop our plans for GLC, we will maintain awareness of the larger picture: the safety of our members. When you plan ahead for your travels—whether they are EO-related, business or personal—please be sure to prioritize your health by taking simple but necessary precautions to avoid novel coronavirus infection. Please take care to protect yourselves, your families and others by observing the following precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently to help eliminate the virus if it is on your hands. Consciously attempt to avoid touching your hands to your face, particularly after touching anything in a public space, such as aircraft seat backs or arm rests.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue—discard tissue immediately in a closed bin and clean your hands with soap and water, or if that is unavailable, with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products, either of which can transmit infections.
- Avoid close contact with others if you are experiencing a cough or a fever.
- If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or have difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
Please know that your health and safety is EO’s top priority and we are here to help.
Safety Tips from the Cape Town Central City Improvement District
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with so much to offer its visitors. However, when visiting this colorful city, it’s important that you take precautions to keep yourself, your peers, and belongings safe.
Touring the city of Cape Town is no different to touring a city anywhere else in the world, however, following these travel tips provided by the CCID will help keep you safe and happy when visiting many of the amazing attractions this city has to offer.
Avoid being the victim of ATM Fraud
- Do not listen to anyone who says you need a “permit” to walk around in the CBD.
- Don’t accept help from strangers or give your pin, not even to persons claiming to be bank officials.
- Use ATMs in well-lit and safe places.
- Don’t allow your card to be removed from your sight.
- Be careful who you allow into your personal space and don’t allow yourself to be distracted.
- Watch out for people standing close to you and looking over your shoulder as you type in your pin.
- Never leave your card in the ATM.
- If it gets stuck or swallowed, follow instructions provided on the ATM machine.
- Make sure you are not followed after a transaction.
Avoid being pickpocketed or robbed
- Avoid visibility of valuables such as jewelry, cameras, laptops and tablets.
- Walk with confidence, and don’t use your cellphone on the move.
- Keep your wallet tucked away, your handbag close and closed on the street.
- Be aware of your surroundings and don’t use your headphones on the street—they many distract you.
- Watch out for sudden activity or commotion; it may be a distraction technique.
- Don’t carry large sums of money and avoid counting it in the open.
- Don’t leave handbags under tables or on the back of chairs.
- Don’t leave cellphones or wallets on restaurant tables.