Amidst the growing global concern over the spread of the COVID-19, some music companies are warning or even barring their artists and employees from traveling to certain areas.

So far, Universal Music Group has set up new rules for their employees: “for the health and well-being of our staff, and in order to be a responsible member of the global community seeking to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have put in place new policies and procedures, including: Suspended international business travel until further notice; postponed internal employee conferences requiring travel; and continued to comply with the guidance of local governments, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.”

Warner Music Group has also stopped work travel to specific heavily affected areas, including Asia, Italy and Iran. WMG’s publishing division, Warner Chappell, also postponed a conference slated for the end of March as well as marketing meetings scheduled for Madrid.

Other companies are expected to follow suit, but in lesser ways, leaving travel up to the discretion of individual managers.

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