COVID-19 response

We’re keeping up to date with the spread of COVID-19 and putting measures in place to limit the spread of the virus. All of the latest information on COVID-19 and Crick operations will be listed on this page.


Last updated

30 March 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread, we have taken a number of decisions about how the Crick will operate in the coming weeks.

We have instructed all Crick staff to work from home, unless they are required to support the response to the outbreak or to keep our institute functioning. 

These are obviously changing and uncertain times. Our decisions are guided by the latest Government and Public Health England recommendations, and the latest advice from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Visitor access

  • Visitors

    We are closed to all visitors.

  • Events

    All events up until the end of May have been cancelled or postponed. We look forward to welcoming everyone back later in the year.

  • Exhibition and cafe

    Our exhibition space and cafe are closed. We have postponed the opening of our next exhibition, Cut + Paste. 

  • Discovery lab visits

    All school visits to the Crick have been cancelled.

Measures for staff

  • Remote working

    Crick staff who can do so are being instructed to work remotely. 

  • Working on site

    Some essential groups of staff are required at work to support the Crick’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, and to ensure that the institute can keep functioning. Where this is the case, we are asking them not to use public transport during peak times and we are helping to make alternative travel arrangements if necessary. While Crick staff are in the building, they are using handwashing and social distancing measures to minimise their risk of infection through contact with others both inside and outside the Crick.

  • Seminars and lectures

    All scientific seminars and lectures have been cancelled from 09:00 Wednesday 18 March. We are making every effort to replace these with online equivalents.

  • Following guidance

    We have asked that all our staff follow guidance on self- and family-isolation with symptoms, and take extra precautions if they fall into one of the vulnerable groups.