EAO and JCMT operational policy changes to mitigate coronavirus risks

On behalf of all of us here at East Asian Observatory, we hope you – our EAO/JCMT community – and your families are well and safe around the world, as we all face the challenges of the coronavirus in our regions and communities.

Here at EAO headquarters in Hawaii, while we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have made the decision, effective today, Friday March 13th, to reduce our operations to a minimalist mode, with the majority of our staff working from their homes. Our telescope operators, administrators and daycrew, will continue to operate JCMT remotely and collect our user community the very best science, while it remains safe for us to do so. We have strong policies on social distancing, hygiene and other practices to ensure our staff are safe and healthy at all times. At this time, we are not traveling, or having incoming visitors, and are looking to do everything we can to keep our `ohana (family) and community healthy. 

Please continue to keep in contact, electronically, with our support astronomers and we will continue to give you everything you need to produce the amazing science that makes us so proud. It is in times of great challenge when we find out what is most important – and for all of us here at EAO – that is to be sure that we are doing everything we can to keep our staff, their families, and our island community safe and well. We hope you will support us in this effort, we will continue to update you as time goes on and if things change, and most importantly, we send you our hopes that you and your families are well and safe also.

On behalf of your EAO `ohana,
Jessica
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