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

November 1 – Update on MBL COVID-19 Precautions

Dear Colleagues, The MBL community has worked tirelessly in recent years to take necessary precautions against COVID-19. All of you have embraced the challenge of helping to mitigate the impact of COVID on our campus while advancing our research and education mission....

August 19 – New CDC COVID-19 Guidance and Impact on MBL Protocols

Dear Colleagues, Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated COVID-19 guidance, loosening many of its earlier recommendations in areas including quarantine and isolation, distancing, and asymptomatic screening testing. We realize...

July 1 – Masks in Swope, Dining Changes + New COVID Contact E-Mail

Dear Colleagues, Please note three important updates to our COVID-19 policies and protocols: Effective immediately, masks are now required in the first and second floor lobby areas of the Swope Center. These spaces can get congested, particularly in the summer months...

June 10 – Mask Requirement

Dear Colleagues, Due to the current number of COVID-19 positive cases in Advanced Research Training Courses and the arrival of new courses, the MBL is requiring individuals to wear a mask at all times inside of the Loeb Laboratory building effective...

May 11 – Updated Guidance: Masks Recommended Indoors

Dear Colleagues, Due to an increased number of COVID-19 cases on the MBL campus and Barnstable County’s COVID-19 Community Level increasing to “high” transmission within the last few days, the MBL is recommending that individuals wear a mask in indoor campus settings...

May 3: COVID-19 Update: Reminders for the Season Ahead

Dear Colleagues, Memorial Day may be a few weeks away, but the unofficial start to a MBL summer of science began last week with the kick off of our first two Advanced Research Training Courses (ARTCs) of the season—Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy and...

March 7: Changes to Campus Masking

Dear Colleagues, Effective Monday, March 14, masks will be optional for staff in all MBL campus spaces including research laboratories, office settings, dormitories, and dining spaces. Masks will continue to be required in instructional settings (e.g., classrooms,...

February 7 – Mask Update

Dear Colleagues – Given the declining COVID-19 case rate in Barnstable County, effective today a speaker may pull down their mask temporarily while actively speaking or presenting in order to be heard or understood, and should return their mask to its position over...

January 10 – COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Dear Colleagues – As outlined in the update on the Omicron variant message sent last week, the MBL now requires that all employees receive a COVID-19 booster shot in addition to their original single or two-dose vaccination. Employees who have already received their...

January 3 – Update on Omicron Variant

Dear Colleagues – As we enter a new year, we are faced with a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued challenge to protect our employees and local community from the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. We are experiencing a record number of Omicron cases...

December 6 – COVID-19 Update

Dear Colleagues, I write today with an update on COVID-19 issues as they may relate to MBL operations. As you may know, Barnstable County is experiencing a significant increase in cases driven by the Delta variant. Along with the high case count and higher positive...

October 1: Message from MBL Director Nipam Patel

Dear Friends, When the MBL started planning for spring and summer 2021 programs nearly a year ago, we knew there were a significant number of challenges to overcome if we were to bring students and scientists together in a productive and safe way. Through the...