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 fully vaccinated individuals on our campus. This message summarizes changes to public health […]

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 is important to remember that everyone on our campus—whether a member of our year-round staff or a visitor to […]

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 certain situations including public and private transportation systems and in healthcare facilities. Governor Baker’s announcement […]

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 people. The MBL will follow the revised order and has updated the Guidance […]

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 their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.”   As we prepare to welcome visitors from […]

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 normal capacity this spring and summer. We have reconfigured space capacities across campus including laboratories, classrooms, break rooms, meeting, residential, and dining […]