BYU cancels classes March 13-17 due to COVID-19, Church cancels all public meetings

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Read in Spanish: BYU cancela clases del 13 al 17 de marzo por el COVID-19, la Iglesia cancela reuniones públicas

BYU announced over Twitter that all classes on March 13, 16 and 17 are canceled in alignment with COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Church Education System on Wednesday night.


BYU stated that since some courses cannot reasonably meet remotely, college deans will communicate with their departments about any specific exceptions.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also announced late Thursday that all worship services, activities and other public gatherings have been temporarily canceled worldwide. This includes:

  • Stake conferences, leadership conferences and other large gatherings
  • All public worship services, including sacrament meetings
  • Branch, ward and stake activities

“Where possible, leaders should conduct any essential leadership meetings via technology. Specific questions may be referred to local priesthood leaders. Further direction related to other matters will be provided,” the statement reads.

“Bishops should counsel with their stake president to determine how to make the sacrament available to members at least once a month.”

BYU students are also being encouraged to consider leaving campus and returning home to finish winter semester through remote coursework.

“We recognize individual circumstances may not allow this. Services and on-campus housing will continue to be available for those who choose to remain,” reads the tweet.

More information can be found on the BYU coronavirus page.

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