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SARS Causes Region 8 Business to Alter Policy

Tony Tsui is the Import manager at Trinity Lighting. He says that the last time he visited Hong Kong, SARS prevention was limited. (KAIT/D.Westerhold) Tony Tsui is the Import manager at Trinity Lighting. He says that the last time he visited Hong Kong, SARS prevention was limited. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)

April 29, 2003
Posted at: 8:26 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- At least one Region 8 business has changed its practices in response to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, known as SARS.

Trinity Lighting, Inc., a Jonesboro-based contract lighting company is still conducting business as usual. But, due to travel restrictions in China, they are having to operate with fewer parts than normal.

"I don't know that they're workforce over there has suffered," Trinity sales representative Todd Hansen said. "But it's really slowed down things for us."

"Hong Kong is where we usually go," Chief Engineer and Import Manager Tony Tsui said.

Tsui said that the last time he visited China was two months ago. people were leaving the country freely. Airport surveillance, he says, hardly existed.

"On SARS yes, it was very low," Tsui said.

Since Tsui's trip, face masks have become common fashion for the Chinese and people all over the world have been advised to avoid traveling to Asia. Trinity Lighting cancelled a scheduled flight this past month.

"We don't want to jeopardize any of our employees health or safety in any kind of way," Hansen said. "So we thought it would be best to hold off on going over there."

Trinity says the decision to resume travel to China is still up in the air, but as long as masks remain a fixture on people's faces: they're staying put.

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