New York

10 March 2020

Note to Correspondents: Access to United Nations Headquarters

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

In response to questions, the Spokesman has the following to say:
Out of an abundance of caution and following the decision to reduce the number of staff present in the UN Secretariat, it has been decided to close the complex to the general public and to temporarily suspend all guided tours until further notice.
These arrangements will come into effect this evening at 8:00 p.m., New York time.
As the Secretary-General has said, the health and safety of staff is a matter of his utmost priority and concern. The United Nations will continue to monitor the situation closely and further measures may be taken as circumstances evolve.
As of now, we have not been advised of any COVID-19 cases amongst UN staff in New York.