Most traditional companies can’t just cut off their employees from the outside world. But experts say there are lessons in the successes of such bubbles that could shape how some companies ramp back up as U.S. coronavirus cases continue to climb, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The 22 National Basketball Association teams that moved to Orlando, Fla., in early July aren’t allowed to leave the Disney World campus without permission. They must wear masks except when they are playing basketball, eating or outdoors. Sequestered in three hotels, players are subject to regular testing and frequent temperature checks.
No players have tested positive while in the bubble so far. Comparable setups have worked similarly well for the National Hockey League, the Women’s National Basketball Association and some other professional sports. Larger utility companies, Texas-based gas company Cheniere Energy and film crews have created similar sequestered camps for their workers.
But the biggest challenge facing a majority of companies is that they cannot replicate the NBA’s process and even the most extensive workplace safeguards can be undone by decisions employees make in their downtime.
Some of the same principles, however, can be applied, says Deborah Roy, president of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Among them: providing workers with food and medical screening on-site, and making sure employees have protective equipment and are kept apart. Read the full story.