GAC-EPA — Groupement des Anciens du CERN-ESO Pensioners' Association


COVID-19 Virus

Important Announcement from the CERN Directorate

Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to update you about CERN’s measures and recommendations in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, which are posted here, together with other useful information.

The measures and recommendations aim, first and foremost, at protecting the health and well-being of CERN personnel while ensuring the continued and effective operation of our facilities. They are, and will continue to be proportionate to the level of risk, which is assessed on the basis of the available evidence and expertise provided by the Host State medical authorities and the WHO. The approach we have adopted is to reduce activities that are not strictly necessary for the execution of CERN’s core programme in order to limit the potential spread of the infection. One example of this approach is that we have suspended guided tours on the site until further notice.

A team involving members of the Directorate, heads of department and experts from various services has been meeting daily for the past ten days to analyse the situation both globally and here in the local region and to develop measures and recommendations concerning on-site work, travel, personnel health, and various response scenarios in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at CERN. To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 infection on the CERN site or among CERN personnel. The team is in regular contact and is sharing information with the medical authorities and other organisations with a globally-mobile community here in Geneva. As decisions are taken, the above webpage is updated.

We hope that this information will help address many of the questions you may have about work and life at CERN, travelling to meetings and conferences, and many other subjects.

We would like to ask you to follow our recommendations conscientiously so that, together, we can minimise the risk of infection on the CERN site.

With best regards,

Doris Forkel-Wirth, Head of CERN’s Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection Unit

Fabiola Gianotti, CERN Director-General