Postponing or cancelling

You can use notices to highlight clearly if a publication or dataset has been cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These appear as blue banners at the top of the page.

Notices should:

  • be fewer than 75 words
  • be short and clear, and easy to understand
  • provide a brief explanation of the reason or change
  • link to any relevant statement

You may also want to publish a statement to let users know if a high-profile release has been affected. Please contact the Media Relations Office to discuss if a statement is needed.

If a statement has been published explaining the changes to the publication schedule in more detail, link to this rather than repeating it in the notice.

For an example of what a notice banner looks like, see the Labour market overview, UK monthly bulletin.

We have created some standard notice text that can be used or tweaked where necessary:

“The effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our capacity means we have [insert actions here, for example, postponed this bulletin and will be publishing only the data].

This will protect the delivery and quality of our remaining outputs as well as ensuring we can respond to new demands as a direct result of COVID-19. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The Content Design team will review all notices before they are published. If you need help writing a notice for your release, email content.design@ons.gov.uk.

Digital Publishing is currently working on ways to highlight if something is the latest analysis but not the latest data. We will update our guidance with any changes.

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