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

Changes to Social Distancing Requirements, Effective June 21

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...

COVID-19 Vaccination Survey Results + Planning a Path Forward

Dear Colleagues - Thank you to everyone who filled out the recent COVID-19 vaccination survey. The overall response rate was 84.6%, with 226 total responses submitted in all. There was close to a 50/50 split of research and other administrative staff who responded. Of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Summer Camp Partnership with YMCA, MBL & WHOI

MBL is pleased to announce that we are partnering with YMCA Cape Cod and WHOI to hold summer camp on WHOI’s Quissett Campus and at the MBL Cottages. Supporting our working families is always an important priority for the MBL and is of elevated importance given the...

Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues, A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for an individual working on the MBL campus. The employee did not come into contact with any other staff. As such, there has been no close contact with others in the MBL community and contact tracing of...

March 25: MBL’s Response to Updated Massachusetts Travel Guidance

Dear Colleagues, On March 22, 2021 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts downgraded their travel guidance to a travel advisory which states that “all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised but not required to quarantine for 10 days upon...

March 19: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Colleagues, A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed for an individual working on the MBL campus. The individual is self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy laws,...

March 12: Announcing MBL Forward Website

Dear Colleagues - Planning for spring and summer programs continues in earnest. In consultation with the University of Chicago, our working group is putting plans, guidelines, policies, and processes in place so that we can welcome back nearly 50% of our...

February 4: Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases

Dear Colleagues, Two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for individuals working on the MBL campus. The individuals are self-isolating in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC protocols. Under state and federal health privacy...