Just a couple of weeks ago, the 2020 Census fully kicked off, and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation. Officials said within the first week, more than 11 million households had responded. America is stepping up to shape the future and ensure families and communities are counted.
Now, in support of guidance on what everyone can do to help slow the spread of coronavirus, 2020 Census field operations will be suspended until Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.
During this pause in field operations, the Census Bureau will continue to evaluate all 2020 Census operations. Should any additional adjustments need to be made, the Census Bureau will communicate these changes broadly and promptly.
In late May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. As Bureau officials continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, they will adjust census taker and survey operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.
The public is strongly encouraged to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and can also respond by phone or mail. Everyone is being asked to respond to the 2020 Census as soon as they receive their invitation.
The Census Bureau also recently made several adaptations to its group quarters operations to accommodate recent scheduling changes on college campuses as leadership takes action to keep students and faculty safe.
Everyone is encouraged to respond online today at 2020Census.gov. A complete and accurate count helps guide funding decisions for things like hospitals, roads and emergency services. Respondents can also respond by calling the number provided in their invitation or by mail once they have received a paper form.