PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University has canceled all its study abroad programs for the upcoming fall semester in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the school announced Wednesday.

“Given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s continued effects on both public health and on travel between countries, Brown has made the difficult decision to cancel all university-sponsored undergraduate study abroad for fall 2020," the Ivy League university's Office of International Programs posted on the school website.

The office said it remains optimistic about its ability to offer study abroad programs in the spring 2021 semester, but the final decision has not been made.

The Providence-based school is working on a plan to bring students back to campus this fall and expects to announce a decision by July 15.

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SHELLFISH SALES

A Rhode Island lawmaker is asking the state to allow shellfishers to sell their catch directly to the public during the pandemic, as lobster harvesters are allowed to do.

State Rep. Joseph McNamara in a letter to the director of the state Department of Environmental Management on Wednesday said allowing direct sales would be a service to the community at a time when people are looking for sustainable, nutritious foods.

The Democrat also said the shellfish industry is facing a drop in demand during what is traditionally their busiest time of the year.