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The MBL continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students. Phase 1 of resident research resumption commenced on June 12 and is progressing smoothly. Most MBL faculty labs are open and research staff are conducting experiments.  All Advanced Research Training Courses have been canceled for 2020.

Please see the “Updates” menu above for an archive of status updates. If you have questions, please email us at coronavirusinfo@showmyhandbags.com.

The MBL is committed to establishing a safe campus environment that will enable the resumption of our research and educational activities. In coordination with the University of Chicago, we are developing plans for a safe, coordinated, and phased return to campus operations. Four working groups are focusing on key components of the MBL based on Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements under the .

  • Research – Resident and Whitman research, MBLWHOI Library, and animal care – David Mark Welch, lead
  • Education – All instructional programs plus interns and related programs – Linda Hyman, lead
  • Campus housing and dining services – Marie Russell, lead
  • Administration/Operations – Sebastien Laye, lead

Latest Updates:

August 7: Rhode Island Added to Massachusetts Quarantine Order

Dear Colleagues,

Effective today, Friday, August 7, travel to Rhode Island is no longer exempt from quarantine under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ .

As is the case with other non-exempt states, people who have traveled to Rhode Island and are returning to Massachusetts must complete a  and quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the decision to remove Rhode Island from the list of  is due to increases in both Rhode Island’s positive test rate and cases per 100,000.

The MBL remains vigilant as it relates to following the Commonwealth’s instruction on out-of-state travel and will adhere to the travel order. If there is a family care responsibility or emergency situation which requires that a staff member travel to a state not exempt from quarantine, please contact Ann Egan, Director of Human Resources.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer

July 30: Update on Administrative Opening Plan

Dear Colleagues,

The process for reopening MBL’s on-campus administrative functions is now in its final stages, coming on the heels of a research reopening that has been running smoothly over the last six weeks. The MBL administrative plan has been reviewed by the University of Chicago and will now go to Director Nipam Patel for his final approval which is expected early next week. August 5 would be the earliest date the administration plan would go into effect.

The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority and limiting the density of and contact among people within our facilities is one of the most effective ways of protecting our community and slowing the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, a guiding principle of the administrative plan is that all work that can be done remotely should continue to be done remotely.

Once approved, the administrative plan will be available for review on the MBL Intranet. In addition, a virtual Town Hall will be held next Tuesday, August 4. All faculty and staff are invited to attend the Town Hall which will cover the plan’s key policies and procedures as well as provide a general update on the status of MBL reopening. A Q&A session will follow presentations. An invitation will follow by e-mail tomorrow, Friday, July 31st.

yobet登陆I commend our research and other essential staff who have enabled MBL’s reopening to date to progress smoothly. Through our continued diligence, we can move to this next stage of reopening administration in a safe and systematic way.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer

July 30: New Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order

Dear Colleagues,

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders announced by Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker last week.

The new executive order requires people arriving from outside the state to complete a  with details about where they are traveling from and acknowledge that they will quarantine for 14 days or can produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. Under the new rule, travelers may temporarily break their quarantine to receive a COVID-19 test. And if that test result is negative, they will not need to continue quarantining.

The new rules exempt travelers from states where both the average number of new cases and the percentage of positive tests are low as determined by the MA Department of Public Health. As of Friday, July 26 (the day Governor Baker announced the new rule)  exempt from quarantine included: New YorkNew JerseyConnecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, VermontNew Hampshireand Hawaii. Failure to comply with the new rules may result in a $500 fine per day. Visit the  for detailed information about the travel order.

The MBL has been and will continue to follow the instruction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as it relates to out of state travel. As such, we have updated MBL ,  and other relevant MBL documents. We continue to ask all employees who are planning to travel out of state, regardless of length or destination, to complete a MBL travel form with information about their trip. Completing this form will help the MBL work with public health authorities to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case.

Massachusetts has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy. This new travel guidance and the MBL community’s full adherence to it will help us do our part to keep transmission levels in the Commonwealth as low as possible.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer