[Hallb-engineering] [EXTERNAL] Corona virus outbreak impact and CLAS shifts (Urgent response requested!!)

Joo, Kyungseon kyungseon.joo at uconn.edu
Thu Mar 5 07:46:32 EST 2020

Dear CLAS Collaborators,

The situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on international travel evolves daily. Many scientific institutions have already implemented restrictions for non-essential travels, some large meetings and conferences have been canceled. JLAB has restricted all non-essential travels for March and April. As it was expected for a large international collaboration like CLAS, these restrictions adversely affected the CLAS12 operations in Hall-B. Collaborators, initially from Italy but now also from Germany, could not and will not be able to travel to JLAB for their shifts. Others may follow, France, UK... So far we relied on volunteers to fill the missing shifts. But as more shifts will be canceled this simple "volunteering" will not work.

To mitigate the situation we are asking institutional representatives to assess the situation with their travels for shifts and respond ASAP to the followings:
a) which shifts as assigned now in the shift schedule will not be fulfilled because of travel restrictions
b) are there collaborators on site from the institution or is there any arrangement with local universities/institutions to take care of the shifts

Please contact B. McKinnon, S. Stepanyan (PDL) or me with any questions.

Best regards, Kyungseon JOO

Chair of the CLAS Collaboration

Kyungseon JOO
Professor of Physics
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269
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