Statement on COVID-19 Preparation and Response




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Mar 09, 2020
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Statement on COVID-19 Preparation and Response

Salzburg Global Seminar and Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron outline measures taken in the face of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak Statement on COVID-19 Preparation and Response

UPDATED Thursday, May 28, 2020

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Salzburg Global Seminar and Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron have responded with a comprehensive and cross-institutional set of practices to support public health efforts, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the most effective safety and hygiene measures are implemented in our facilities, Schloss Leopoldskron and the Meierhof. 

Our top priority is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our employees, our program participants, all guests, and the wider communities where we live and work, in particular Salzburg, Austria and Washington, DC, USA. 

We continue to follow COVID-19 developments around the world very closely, ensuring full compliance with Austrian requirements and regularly consulting with Austrian authorities and with leading public health experts in the Salzburg Global Fellowship.

Salzburg Global Seminar Programs

After careful consideration and in discussion with our partners, Salzburg Global has adapted its program schedule for 2020, postponing all onsite programs through the end of September 2020, and transitioning all programs to a series of online and digital engagements. 

Despite the disruptions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Salzburg Global remains committed to building and sustaining a community of Fellows and partners around the world and to bridge divides, expand collaboration, and help transform systems as we all seek to shape a more creative, just, and sustainable world. 

Salzburg Global’s programs and events are being updated regularly. Our latest program information is available here:   

We would like to thank all of our Fellows, partners, and friends for their support and engagement during this time and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Schloss Leopoldskron in the future. 

Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron

All hotels in the State of Salzburg were closed by the state government on March 13, 2020 as a critical public health measure to contain the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Following updated guidance from the Austrian government in mid-April, and the easing of public health restrictions, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron will open again on May 29. 

Over the last 10 weeks, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron has put in place comprehensive measures to ensure the highest standards in sanitation and hygiene, food preparation and service, and the protection of our guests and employees. 

A full list of measures implemented by Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron can be found here: 

Continuing Engagement with Austrian Government and Public Health Authorities 

We remain in regular contact with the local health authorities and follow their instructions regarding measures for public health and infection control. We have also engaged the services of a local doctor, who will work with us to carry out the necessary protocols for public health should a guest need medical advice or become ill during their stay.

Our aim is to minimize the inconvenience of our guests while these measures are in place and to do everything we can to offer you a pleasant, relaxing, and healthy stay at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron.

We thank you for your understanding. Our Hotel Reception and Events Teams are available via email: /