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The University of Maryland will transition its on-campus research operations to Phase 2, or “immediate presence,” on Aug. 24, Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio wrote in an email to staff and faculty today. Researchers who are able to continue to do their research remotely should do so and not return to campus at this time.
Phase 1, characterized as “limited presence,” went into effect June 8. Given the extremely low levels of COVID-19 positive cases in the research community and no evidence of transmission within the research spaces, Locascio said the Division of Research feels confident that health and safety compliance is high and the working environment is ready to proceed to Phase 2.
During Phase 2, laboratories and other research spaces will be allowed to function at 50% occupancy, provided it is possible to maintain the space requirements of at least 150 square feet per person. Research employees on campus during Phase 1 will be required to provide an updated description of their plans for maintaining appropriate physical distancing with the increase in personnel in Phase 2. As with Phase 1, all necessary health and safety guidelines must be strictly followed. These include requirements for physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing and disinfecting spaces. In addition, everyone coming to campus must complete the Daily Symptom Monitoring survey available at return.umd.edu. No one should come to work if they are feeling sick.
Phase 2 Requirements
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