The Marine Biological Laboratory is resuming our on-campus programs with continued diligence and renewed purpose. Our goal is to prioritize the health of the MBL and local communities while sustaining our distinctive approach to education, research, and collaboration. In close consultation with experts at the University of Chicago and UChicago Medicine, we’re implementing a wide range of health precautions while building a campus culture focused on shared responsibility for health and safety.

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Latest Updates

August 25 – COVID-19 Update + Fall Programming

Dear Colleagues – More than 10 months ago when we launched the planning process for 2021 programs, we knew there were a significant number of challenges to overcome.  With everyone’s continued vigilance and compliance with public health precautions, together, as a...

August 4: Delta Variant and the Importance of Wearing Masks Indoors

Dear Colleagues, According to CDC estimates, the coronavirus Delta variant, believed to be the most transmissible variant yet, has caused more than 75% of recent COVID-19 cases in the United States. On Tuesday, July 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

July 22: Vaccination Requirement for Employees

From: Nipam Patel, Director and Paul Speer, Chief Operating Officer Since June, the MBL has been steadily lifting COVID-19 restrictions and mitigation measures. Continuing this process, today we are announcing that the MBL expects every employee to get fully...

July 21: Provincetown COVID Outbreak + Testing Information

Dear Colleagues - As many of you have no doubt heard, there has been a recent increase in COVID-19 cases on the Cape, primarily in the larger towns and particularly in Provincetown. The outbreak is assumed to be caused by the Delta variant and in the case of...

July 1: Indoor Mask Reminder

Dear Colleagues, As COVID-19 mitigation measures ease on our campus and across the nation, we are beginning to experience some normalcy in our lives. Thankfully, we were able to eliminate our outdoor mask requirement before the summer heat arrived. However, the...

June 21: Changes to Social Distancing Requirements

Dear Colleagues - As communicated in the June 9 message to staff, the MBL is continuing its transition to pre-COVID operations in recognition of an encouraging decrease in COVID-19 rates in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, and nationwide as well as high numbers of...

May 27: Changes to COVID-19 Protocols and Policies

Dear Colleagues, As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prepares to lift COVID-related restrictions effective May 29, we are continuing to evaluate and, in some cases, adjust MBL’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. Please note the following changes, effective May 29. It...

May 26: Changes to COVID-19 Protocols and Policies

Dear Colleagues, As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prepares to lift COVID-related restrictions effective May 29, we are continuing to evaluate and, in some cases, adjust MBL’s COVID-19 policies and protocols. Please note the following changes, effective May 29. It...

May 17: Response to Changing MA COVID-19 Restrictions

Dear Colleagues, Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Commonwealth will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions effective May 29. After this date individuals will no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in...

May 7: Update on Administrative Opening Plan

Dear Colleagues, As you are aware, the MBL will soon be resuming more research and training programs as we approach the summer months. The first Advanced Research Training Course (Embryology) begins May 23 and some Whitman Center scientists are already on campus. To...

May 3: MBL Policies and the Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Colleagues, It has been a challenging year. We are grateful for the resilience, perseverance, and commitment that faculty and staff have demonstrated in helping to keep our community strong and safe. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. As Massachusetts...

April 30: Revised Mask Guidance

Dear Colleagues, Starting today, Friday, April 30, 2021 Massachusetts is no longer mandating use of masks outdoors where social distancing is possible. Masks are still required at all times in indoor public places and outdoors when unable to maintain 6 feet from other...