January 29, 2021

Dear Covid Pass Users and Authorizers,

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced that they are extending the end date on their office space and meeting space usage limits to address ongoing concerns about the spread of Covid-19. The limits will now stay in effect until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Occupancy of office spaces must not exceed 25 percent of capacity, measured by a building’s occupancy limit. Occupancy must also not exceed five persons per 1,000 square feet of office space. MIT buildings house a mix of office and other types of space, and the Institute will continue with the following guidance for those who must access campus.

Researchers working in laboratory and core facility space under the Research Ramp-up Phase 3 (RR3) Guidance may continue to access their space under their existing plans.

  • Those working in private offices under RR3 Guidance, the Thunder Committee’s Office Space Access Guidance, or to support administration and instruction may continue to access their private office space under their existing plans.
  • Anyone working in shared office space for any reason should contact their supervisors and arrange a shift plan to ensure that each person using the shared space has at least 200 square feet.
  • No activities of any kind should occur in conference rooms. Units that have turned their small conference rooms into single occupancy, clean in/clean out breakrooms may continue to use the rooms only for these purposes.

We will continue to monitor the state and city guidance and, if needed, revise plans as we enter the spring term.

Research-related questions should be directed to rr-questions@mit.edu. Department, lab and center compliance and coordination questions and concerns should be discussed with your DLC head.