Ever since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak occurred at the beginning of the year, the most effected element within the technology industry has been the cancellation of events, alongside firms asking their employees to limit travel.

Now those firms operating in Silicon Valley have been advised to cancel or postpone any events they may have coming up by Santa Clara County, where many of these company’s headquarters are situated.

“The County’s Public Health Department is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making additional recommendations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected,” the County noted in a statement.

This as there are currently are further six people confirmed to have contracted the virus, bringing the total for the area to 20 at the time of writing.

“We understand that people are very concerned about COVID-19. I want to remind the public that the vast majority of people who become infected with COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, and fully recover. We are making these recommendations to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from the virus, and slow its spread,” added Dr. Sara Cody, County public health officer.

The recommendation will likely be followed by most of the firms in Silicon Valley, many of whom have already taking steps to limit the amount of in-person engagements taking place. We’ve also seen tech firms scheduled to attend events like SXSW opt to cancel all their in-person activities and choose to live stream press conferences or presentations where possible.

This may be the modus operandi for events moving forward in 2020, especially with fears surrounding COVID-19 still high.

South African firms will also need to consider what steps they will take for events where attendees from other parts of the world have been invited, especially as the country’s first confirmed case was announced yesterday.

As such it looks like live streaming, remote working and online communication will be the go-to route for now.

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