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 […]

December 16: 2021 Planning Update

To: MBL Resident Faculty and Staff To: MBL Course Directors, Vendors, and Whitman Scientists From: Linda Hyman, Burroughs Wellcome Director of Education; David Mark Welch, Director of Research; Paul Speer, Chief Operating Officer Subject: 2021 Planning Update In recent months, two working groups have been carefully assessing the capacity necessary to offer education and visiting […]

November 20: Update on Calendar Year 2021 Planning

Dear Colleagues, Last month we announced the formation of two working groups charged with assessing the capacity and space required to safely offer research and education activities at the MBL in the coming year. The Visitor Working Group was tasked with developing a comprehensive list of the constituencies who come to campus and the space utilization that each […]