Vienna's UN organizations announce new measures to reduce coronavirus risk

Vienna's UN organizations announce new measures to reduce coronavirus risk

VIENNA, 11 March 2020 - The heads of the four main Vienna-based organizations at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) have today announced a number of measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to those in the VIC and especially vulnerable groups, notably those over the age of 65 and those with health conditions that place them at greater risk.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the four main Vienna International Centre (VIC)-based organizations have been working together to monitor the fast-evolving situation. The health of staff, personnel and visitors in the VIC remains the top priority, and all necessary steps to ensure preparedness have been taken, following the guidance of the host country, Austria, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Among the new measures announced today that will affect the general public:

  • the UN Information Service (UNIS) Visitors Service guided tours and lecture programmes are suspended;
  • private visitors will not have access to the Vienna International Centre;
  • in principle, meetings and events with more than 100 participants will not be held at the Vienna International Centre.

The measures take immediate effect and are until further notice.

The four main Vienna-based organizations are the United Nations Office at Vienna/UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

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