Social Events and Campus Environment

Updated 8/5/21

We recognize that one of the greatest challenges posed by the pandemic is the necessary restriction on in-person socializing and entertainment activities that are integral to MBL campus life.  Below are some guiding principles and information on social events and gatherings on the MBL’s campus this year.

Guiding Principles

  • The MBL’s goal is to prioritize the health of the MBL and local communities as we welcome back our Advanced Research Training Courses, Whitman investigators, undergraduate interns, and other academic and research programs.
  • Since re-opening our laboratories in June 2020, the MBL has sustained a rigorously compliant campus posture with respect to preventing the spread of COVID. The MBL will maintain that posture as it returns segments of its education and visiting research programs this year.
  • The MBL is a large and consequential member of the Woods Hole and Falmouth communities. Throughout the pandemic, the MBL has been a responsible community member with respect to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. The actions all members of the MBL community take this summer will be visible to our friends and neighbors. It is essential that all members of the MBL campus follow s policies and protocols to ensure a continuous level of trust with the local community.

On-campus Social Events

Indoor Events

  • No indoor parties or social events in MBL on-campus buildings are permitted this summer. This policy may be adjusted should there be significant progress against the pandemic.
  • For those staying in MBL cottages, indoor gatherings are limited to the residents of those houses and fully vaccinated individuals. It is the responsibility of the MBL program participant(s) residing in the cottages to ensure that any guests are fully vaccinated. Cottage residents should be cautious when hosting indoor gatherings and should recognize the potential impact that a Covid-19 transmission event in an MBL cottage would have on MBL programs this summer.

Outdoor Gatherings

  • Outdoor social events are permitted and the MBL will provide tents to allow on-campus outdoor events. This will cover traditional social events such as course cookouts, beginning and end of course banquets, Whitman social events, and others.
  • Organizers must register outdoor social events this year in order to reserve tent space. The point of contact for the social gathering should book the tent space through the MBL Booking Calendar or by emailing MeetingSpace@mbl.edu and then complete the online social event form which allows you to reserve space, catering and/or submit an alcohol request.
  • Outdoor social events require a point of contact responsible for monitoring the event to ensure that only event participants are permitted.

Off-campus Social Events

  • All members of the MBL community must adhere to MBL policies and guidelines on gatherings, including parties. Members of the MBL campus community who attend any off-campus gatherings should be exercise caution: and if someone is not fully vaccinated then they are expected to wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of social distancing if indoors.
  • For those staying in faculty homes not owned by the MBL, we encourage that gatherings and events be held outside to the extent possible and that any indoor gatherings are limited to the residents of those houses and fully vaccinated individuals. Residents living in faculty homes off campus should be cautious when hosting indoor gatherings and should recognize the potential impact that a Covid-19 transmission event would have on MBL programs this summer.

Visitors

  • MBL campus access is limited to those individuals with active MBL ID cards until further notice. Non-residential visitors to the MBL facilities are restricted to vendors or those explicitly invited and hosted by a faculty or staff member for business purposes.

Visiting local restaurants, shops, and other Cape Cod attractions

  • The status of local restaurants, coffee shops, retail, and other establishments or attractions is governed by Commonwealth of Massachusetts reopening guidelines.
  • We ask that all MBL campus residential visitors exercise care when visiting these businesses or attractions and follow all public health guidelines.