ALMA Cycle 7 Observations Suspended due to COVID-19

Published: 19 Mar 2020
ESO/P. Horálek

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread to Chile, the ALMA Director has made the decision to suspend science operations with ALMA, effective immediately. This decision has been taken to protect the safety of ALMA staff, many of whom travel long distances by bus and by plane to reach the remote ALMA site in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

A reduced staff will be retained at the Operation Support Facility (OSF) to maintain the safety of the ALMA equipment and infrastructure. All other staff will be working remotely for the immediate future. It is planned to continue providing data processing, data archive services, and ARC support, including the Cycle 8 Call for Proposals while external conditions allow it.

An announcement will be posted on the science portal when observations are resumed. For more up to date information on precautionary measures taken by ALMA against COVID-19 see this link.