Dear Colleagues –

Earlier today Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker extended the statewide closure of all non-essential businesses as well as the “stay-at-home” advisory to May 18. Essential MBL services such as critical research and animal care, facilities support, and security are continuing under the directive.

All employees should continue to work remotely, if possible, and assume you will continue to do so until May 18 unless you’ve been directed otherwise from your manager. Managers of employees who are in essential functions but who cannot work remotely have already discussed specific plans with their staff.

As mentioned at last week’s Town Hall meeting, we are setting up a committee to evaluate the range of MBL activities and programming and assess for each one how they can operate safely in a future return to work scenario. Until the stay-at-home order is lifted, however, the MBL will not change its current operating posture significantly.

For questions, concerns, or clarifications, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources Department at We will continue to keep you updated on additional changes or modifications to guide compliance with the stay-at-home order.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer