Living in King County, WA..... Things are largely shutting down here out of necessity. However, to what degree I would suggest that a better approach is to only conduct shops where you can maintain proper safety protocols. Clearly, conducting phone and internet shops will not be an issue... Gas stations should be fine - just stay six feet away from folks, such as the cashier/attendant. Car washes should be okay... Refuse to shake hands if offered.... Keep a bit more distance between yourselves... Wash and sanitize hands....
It blows my mind that we will get penalized for cancelling restaurant shops. I have three scheduled for this month that I do not want to complete. If this lowers my ranking with a MSC, so be it.
I emailed Marketforce about restaurants here being closed indefinitely and made reference to an upcoming April shop. They emailed me back to submit it as closed. I was just emailing them to let them know the situation since they have so many restaurant shops on the board in Ohio, and many of them are dine-in. I didn't need instructions on what to do, LOL.
Yeah, I wouldn't go so far as to say irresponsible. I don't know what's in their hearts.
I don't think social responsibility comes from the heart, though. I feel like it's just poor leadership when you allow schedulers to keep pushing for assignments to be filled. That's logic. It's their heads that are in the wrong place.
To me, the lack of communication from MSC leadership demonstrates a specific lack of responsibility.
Restaurant clients that I shop are emailing me about the protocols they are setting in place. I should not have to inform a MSC that their client has voluntarily shut down service....
Have you seen any warnings from MSCs so far? Have they brought up COVID19 at all?
Nonetheless, for those of us who can afford to not shop, do consider helping society by limiting human contact during this time. And for those who must shop, stay safe and do call (before showing up) your local doctor/urgent care center if symptoms develop.