Event Requirements

Updated 4/1/2022

The MBL’s goal is to prioritize the health of its campus and the local community. The MBL is a large and consequential member of the Woods Hole and Falmouth communities, therefore we take very seriously our responsibility to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The actions of all members of the MBL community are visible to our friends and neighbors. It is essential that all members of the MBL campus follow policies and protocols to ensure a continuous level of trust with the local community.

The MBL will continue to monitor and modify indoor event policies over the coming weeks to reflect the changing COVID-19 environment.  

Research and Education Events

  • Until further notice, no events with food or alcohol served indoors are permitted on campus. All social events for Advanced Research Training Courses, Whitman Visiting Scientists, and other invited programmatic participants must be held outside and scheduled in advance. See below for additional details and requirements for booking events.
  • Individuals residing in MBL cottages should be cautious when hosting indoor gatherings and should recognize the potential impact that COVID-19 transmission could have on courses and research.  
  • Book an On-Campus Event – All events must have a main point of contact to register the event and reserve tent space through the MBL Booking Calendar or by emailing MeetingSpace@mbl.edu.
  • After registering the event and booking space, the point of contact must complete an online social event form providing details for any catering or alcohol requests.

Public Events


  • Access to MBL campus buildings is limited to those individuals with active MBL ID cards. Non-programmatic visitors are restricted from entering MBL facilities unless they have been explicitly invited or hosted by a faculty or staff member for business purposes. View the campus Visitors Webpage for more information or to register an invited non-residential visitor.

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 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • We ask that all MBL campus residential visitors exercise care when visiting these businesses or attractions and follow all public health guidelines.