Rotary is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19,
the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously
assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events,
and training meetings.
With an increase in total global cases, we recommend that
Rotary members and participants follow the guidelines
set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and your national,
regional, or local health authorities to protect the health
and safety of our members and program participants. If
it’s recommended, postpone or cancel in-person meetings
or hold them online or by phone. If there are travel advisories,
exercise caution, during district or club travel. If you
have any questions about travel related to a global grant,
contact your regional grants officer.
We also recommend that you share these updates with your
club and district often, so you can do what is best for
- Rotary International
RI President Mark Maloney's Message
on COVID-19 outbreak
Dear fellow Rotarians,
The health and safety of our members are our top priorities.
We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus
disease) and continuously assessing its potential impact
on our operations, meetings, trainings, and other events.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation,
I encourage you to use your discretion when it comes to
club and district meetings and events, and Rotary programs
and activities. Canceling or postponing meetings or Rotary-related
travel might be appropriate. Even if events are held as
scheduled, some people may choose not to take part. And,
of course, if the World Health Organization and your national,
regional, or local health authorities discourage or prohibit
gathering or traveling because of the risk of spreading
COVID-19, follow their recommendations.
Check My Rotary for our latest information on COVID-19
and any updates to our travel guidance.
I encourage you, as leaders in your community, to provide
whatever assistance your community needs at this time.
Contact your local health authorities to learn what your
Rotary club can do to help prepare for and respond to
the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please accept my best wishes for the health and safety
of your family and of all the members of the Rotary family
in your area.
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020 President, Rotary International