2020 Census Operational Updates - March 23, 2020

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the US Census Bureau held a press briefing on additional operational updates in wake of COVID-19.

Operational timeline changes include:

  • The deadline for self-response online, by phone or by returning the paper questionnaire has been extended to August 14 (from July 31). 
  • The Update/Leave operation, which is the hand-delivery of census packets to about 6.2 million primarily rural households, plus most (not all) American Indian reservations, is now on pause until April 1 at the earliest.
  • Group Quarters and Service-based Enumeration, which is one of the operations counting people experiencing homelessness, will be delayed until late April/ early May (date TBD).