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March 29 COVID-19 advisory

29 March, 2020

The CMT and the EOC established in response to the COVID-19 crisis continue to take action and wish to provide the following updates.

The current number of positive cases identified on campus remains at 7. All KAUST patients are being well taken care of and we are keeping in touch with them and monitoring their progress. We are currently working on bringing the community a dashboard of information to follow the evolution of the situation.

These are the items that we wish to update you on today.

New curfew time from 3:00 p.m.

In line with similar directives put in place in the Kingdom, the curfew time has been changed to 3:00 p.m. Therefore, you must stay at home from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the next day. Please consider this curfew in place until further notice. It is vital that KAUST residents strictly observe this curfew, which is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, by staying home.

For more information about the curfew, please refer to the previous announcement published on The LENS.

Join the KAUST COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

For all of us here at KAUST, the coronavirus is changing many things in the ways we live and work. The crisis presents an opportunity to develop new approaches, products, services or ways of operating. Innovation and Economic Development (I&ED) has launched the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge. How can we rapidly develop new and innovative solutions to challenges in education, social connectivity and community management? Submit your idea(s) today!

Staying informed

To stay informed about COVID-19 and the University’s efforts, visit
You can also contact our dedicated helpline by emailing or by calling 012-808-0950 from Sunday to Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Please take a look at the Virtual Community Hub for things to do during the current situation. 

Once again, we’d like to thank you for your cooperation and ongoing adherence to directives. These have been designed to keep you safe and to help manage the crisis.

Chris Sealey
Vice President, KAUST Community Life