Staff and visitors to the Crick during the coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Francis Crick Institute is working at the forefront of the scientific response to coronavirus, volunteering expertise and facilities to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 response

Our priority is the safety of everyone at the Crick. We are closed to visitors, and staff are encouraged to work from home wherever possible.

From 1 June 2020, we are starting to open up the building to more staff, beyond those required to support the response to the coronavirus outbreak or to keep our institute functioning. Numbers of staff in the building will be strictly limited and we have put measures in place to make sure the building is safe, and that everyone can maintain a safe distance from each other while they are at work.

Download our risk assessment for further details of the measures. 

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

    Many events have been cancelled or postponed, but others are happening online. We look forward to welcoming everyone back when it's safe to do so.

  • 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. Contact us to discuss other ways we can support your school.

Measures for staff

  • Remote working

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

  • Working on site

    A limited number of staff are working from the Crick where it is safe to do so, including scientists who require lab facilities, those supporting the coronavirus response, and staff who ensure the institute can keep functioning.

  • Seminars and lectures

    Scientific seminars and lectures were cancelled from 18 March 2020 onwards, but many online equivalents are now available

  • 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.

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