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Research Activities to Transition to 75% Occupancy on April 5

By Maryland Today Staff

Laurie E. Locascio, vice president for research, sent the following email to faculty and staff this morning:

On April 5, 2021, we will transition to the next phase for on-campus research other than human subjects research. Researchers will be allowed to increase occupancy of all research spaces up to 75% occupancy provided they observe the following 4 Maryland guidelines within that space:

  1. Wear a properly fitting mask over your nose and mouth around others at all times, both indoors and outdoors
  2. Wash your hands often and clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
  3. Practice physical distancing as per campus guidance (Current guidance: 6 feet)
  4. Stay home if you are sick

These restrictions apply for all researchers regardless of vaccination status.

As previously, human subjects research will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis through the UMD IRB process.

We have been operating in Phase 2—intermediate presence—since August 2020. Over the past seven months, researchers have adhered to the 4 Maryland guidelines and demonstrated the ability to maintain safe practices in our research settings in order to prevent community transmission of the disease. This has informed our decision to move to increased occupancy at this time.

However, the pandemic is not over. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation, and may need to impose additional safety practices if we see any evidence of community transmission in our research spaces. The health and safety of our entire campus community are most important as we resume our critical research activities. As a reminder, all faculty, staff and students physically on campus must be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks throughout the spring semester.

We will continue to monitor researchers' health and safety, and if all progresses well in this phase, we hope to be able to move to full occupancy of research spaces by summer 2021.

Thank you for all of your hard work to keep our research enterprise going throughout this difficult year. We appreciate everything that you do to make the University of Maryland a powerhouse of research and an economic engine for the state of Maryland.

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Laurie E. Locascio
Vice President for Research

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