MacArthur is closely monitoring the fast-evolving developments of coronavirus (COVID-19). In the interest of public health, we are taking prudent steps to protect the well-being of staff, visitors to the Foundation, and people participating in convenings, while continuing our important work in the world.
We have shared guidance with our staff (from which the information below is drawn), which will affect many of them and visitors to our offices, including partners, event participants, and consultants. Foundation-hosted events and business travel will also be affected.
We wanted to share this more broadly, so individuals affected understand our approach. We recognize that other organizations may be taking different approaches based on their needs, philosophy, and risk tolerance. This is a quickly evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor the changing conditions. Our protocols or approach may change depending on the facts. While we will do our best to provide periodic updates, this page may not instantly be up-to-date. Please review updates on the CDC website for more general information regarding the situation.
Business Travel to CDC-Listed Countries
Business travel to, from, or through any of the following countries the CDC designates as Level 3 (avoid non-essential travel) or Level 2 (practice enhanced precautions) is suspended until further notice.
Other Business Travel
Until the situation clarifies, we have suspended business travel domestically or internationally to any location. We are, however, encouraging the use of video or audio meetings in lieu of in-person meetings for the time being.
If you or any member of your household visits any of the CDC-listed countries, you will be required to self-identify, work from home, and self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to any of these countries for personal travel. We recognize this could be a personal inconvenience. In light of the health risks associated with the possible spread of the virus—and its potential impact on other staff and our communities—we believe it is a necessary and prudent decision and request your understanding with respect to this imposition.
Personal Health while Traveling
If you are not feeling well, you are encouraged to avoid any travel to avoid unpredictable entry/exit requirements for countries and required government quarantines.
Foundation Hosting of Events
The Foundation will not host or sponsor any events given current CDC guidelines to restrict gatherings. We have asked our staff to forego plans for any Foundation-supporrted events in excess of 50 people through mid-June. This decision is driven by the intention of doing our part to keep our communities, grantees, and staff safe, while continuing our important work in the world.
Expectations of All Employees and Consultants or Temp Workers
Care and Communication
- Stay home if you are ill or are caring for others who are ill. Please be sure you understand your responsibility and the importance of your health habits. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- If you are residing with or providing medical care to someone who has gone through countries with Level 3 or 2 ratings, you must let human resources know and self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Practice good hygiene as recommended by the CDC.
Visitors to the Foundation
Foundation offices are closed and visitors may not enter Foundation offices.
The Foundation’s top priority is the safety of our work environment. For the time being, our staff is working from home. If we learn of a case of COVID-19 that impacts one of our workplaces, our goal will be to closely follow public health authority guidance. That guidance may include working with public health authorities to notify those that have been in contact with the affected individual, balancing public health requirements with privacy requirements.
Visit the CDC's website for FAQs, travel advisories and health department resources by state. Or, get up-to-date information on developments, research, and other guidance from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.