Update from ANSTO user office on COVID19 situation

The following email was circulated from the ANSTO user office, March 23 and contains the most up-to-date information available. As the situation is rapidly changing, please check regularly for updated information.

To all ANSTO users, visitors and colleagues,

ANSTO is making temporary changes to its staffing arrangements in line with government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to preserve ongoing essential and critical operations. While the OPAL reactor, key safety activities, nuclear medicine production and other critical and essential support activities will continue at the Lucas Heights and Clayton campus, all other staff have been asked to work from home from 23 March 2020. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 amongst ANSTO staff, but given the escalating situation, we are moving now to reduce the chances of it coming onto our campuses. This means that all user programs in our research infrastructure platforms are suspended until further notice. This suspension will also impact commercial access and services. The only exception to this is support for critical investigations into COVID-19 virus. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to reconnecting with you once circumstances allow and restarting our user programs. Updates, when available, will be sent to you from the User Office and questions you may have can also be directed there: Lucas Heights and Camperdown facilities contact user.office.nsw@ansto.gov.au ; Australian Synchrotron contact user.office.vic@ansto.gov.au

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