COVID-19 Update – Events of 100 People or More

March 7, 2020

Dear Members of the Yale Community,

This email contains new information about Yale’s response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Yale University, but individuals who work in Connecticut, and live elsewhere, have tested positive for the virus. Although the individual risk of contracting the virus remains low, the university continues to be focused on making decisions to safeguard our health and safety and the health and safety of those individuals with whom we may come into contact. What follows is guidance based on the status of the situation today; however, developments are fluid and moving quickly.

The guidance provided in this email and other important information are available at Yale’s COVID-19 website.


  • To prevent transmission of the virus, we are asking students, faculty, and staff to postpone, cancel, or adjust all Yale-hosted events, other than classes, that will have 100 or more participants. Adjustments to events could include using technology to allow remote participation and increasing the venue size to allow participants to maintain distance from one another. This recommendation applies to events taking place between March 9, 2020, and April 15, 2020.
  • All regularly scheduled university courses and dining operations will continue. We are cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in all frequently used public areas.
  • Zoom technology is available to all Yale community members and can be used to move an event, or portions of it, online.
  • Even if an event has fewer than 100 people, please think about the size of the venue and accommodations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the virus can spread between people who are within six feet of one another. Consider if the venue allows people adequate space to spread out and if participants have opportunities to wash their hands regularly. Adjust meeting formats as needed.
  • If you are postponing, cancelling, or adjusting an event, please communicate quickly and clearly with participants.

For travel guidance, advice on what to do if you become ill, and other information, please visit Yale’s COVID-19 website.

We are mindful that some schools began spring recess yesterday evening. Many of us are thinking ahead to our return to campus. If events dictate that we must take more significant action than what is described here, we will provide further updates. For now, we are operating under the assumption that classes will begin again as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor carefully the spread of COVID-19 and keep you updated on important changes. We are committed to drawing from the best scientific and medical evidence available to safeguard everyone’s health and safety.


Dr. Paul Genecin
Director, Yale Health

Scott Strobel
Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry