Dear LCO community,
We regret to inform you that COVID-19 cases in Chile have reached a level where we need to reduce our staffing on Las Campanas and return to operating just a single Magellan telescope. Beginning January 26, 2021, only the Baade telescope will remain operational. We anticipate that the Clay telescope will be closed until at least the end of February. We will provide an update on the status of both telescopes around the middle of next month.
We know that this is disappointing news for many of you and appreciate your understanding. Keeping our LCO staff safe remains our top priority.
John Mulchaey, Polo Infante and David Osip