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 their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.”  

As we prepare to welcome visitors from around the world to our campus and in light of a recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Barnstable County, the MBL, until further notice, will be treating the Massachusetts travel advisory as a requirement. This means in order to enter a campus building or residential space after travel we will continue to require anyone who does not meet an exemption (e.g. proof of full vaccination) to quarantine for 10 days, or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

We continue to ask all employees who are planning to travel out of state, regardless of length, destination, or whether or not you work remotely or on-campus, to complete a MBL travel form with information about your trip. Completing this form will help the MBL work with public health authorities to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case.

The MBL community has been diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  As we enter a new phase of campus activity and programs, we must continue that diligence and do our part to keep transmission levels as low as possible. We will continue to evaluate the Commonwealth’s guidance as it relates to travel and other COVID-19 measures and adjust MBL guidance when it makes sense to do so. As always, I encourage you to reference the MBL Forward website for detailed information.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer