2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

March 30, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau

The 2020 Census is underway, and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:
  • Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public
  • Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
The most important update is that self-response options (such as mailing in the paper form, responding by phone, and responding online) will be extended from July 31 to October 31 and are fully operational at this time. Additional schedule changes are summarized in this two-page document. Should any additional adjustment become necessary, the Census Bureau will promptly publish the change in an updated document.

Due to COVID-19, the Census Bureau is suspending field operations until June 1. Other organizations have also suspended onsite services, work, and meetings. But even if many planned census activities have been canceled, local officals can continue to provide information and encourage communities to complete their census questionnaires in the following ways:
  • Check your city's self-response rate (the online tool is now live) and share results on social media
  • Place a Census message on your marquee or any signage on your premises
  • Create and share a Census video
  • Add a Census plug to your (tele)conference meetings
  • Encourage those without access to digital devices to call the toll-free number provided in their notices
  • Encourage those with language barriers to receive Census Questionnaire Assistance by calling the toll-free numbers listed here
  • Ask staff and constituents to post Census selfies and messages on social media
  • Participate in the Get Out the Video Challenge by May 7 and win up to $30,000.
Last but not least, continue to stay safe and healthy while helping to Get Out the Count!

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