What delays are taking place due to COVID-19?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau has announced the following adjusted timeframes for 2020 Census operations:
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The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging households to respond online, but they can also respond by mail or by speaking with a Census Bureau representative over the phone.
Revised Schedule: March 12-August 14
Census takers will drop off invitations at the front doors of households that are primarily in rural areas and on Indian reservations where households receive their mail at P.O. boxes. These households can respond online now—even without their invitation—by entering their street or rural route address if they have one.
Revised Schedule: March 29-May 1
Mobile Questionnaire Assistance
Census Bureau staff will assist people with responding online at high traffic locations such as grocery stores and community centers.
Revised Schedule: April 13-August 14
Early Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)
Census takers will follow up with households around some colleges and universities that haven’t responded by early May.
Revised Schedule: May 7-August 14
Nonresponse Followup (NRFU) and NRFU Reinterview
Census takers will interview households in person that have not responded online, by phone, or by mail.
Revised Schedule: May 28-August 14
Group Quarters Enumeration
The Census Bureau is encouraging administrators of facilities like nursing homes, prisons, and student housing to choose an option for counting their residents that requires less in-person contact.
Revised Schedule: April 16-June 19
Service Based Enumeration
The Census Bureau is working with service providers at soup kitchens, shelters, and regularly scheduled food vans to count the people they serve.
Revised Schedule: April 29-May 1
Census counts people experiencing homelessness outdoors (Targeted Non-Sheltered Outdoor Locations, or TNSOL)
Census takers will count people under bridges, in parks, in all-night businesses, etc.
Revised Schedule: May 1
Enumeration of Transitory Locations
Census takers will count people staying at campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and hotels if they do not usually live elsewhere.
Revised Schedule: April 23-May 18