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Severe Research Restrictions Extended Through May 15; Research Town Hall Planned This Month

The University of Maryland has extended severe research restrictions until May 15 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Vice President for Research Laurie E. Locascio wrote in an email yesterday to the campus community.

The restrictions, implemented March 25, require experimentation taking place in campus labs and centers to cease unless it contributed to fighting the coronavirus. Necessary maintenance and animal care continue with proper social distancing and enhanced safety precautions.

As announced by UMD President Wallace D. Loh, Locascio is leading a task force of campus researchers to develop a proposed plan for restarting on-campus research activities, with health and safety the top priorities. Locascio said the task force’s report would be shared at a research virtual town Hall to be scheduled later in May, following a May 5 virtual town hall for the campus community led by Loh.

“Please know that we are anxious to restart the broader research enterprise, and we will only do so with the utmost caution following guidance from Governor Hogan and our public health officials,” Locascio wrote.

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