To safeguard our health and well-being, all members of the MIT community who come to campus must follow the guidance and processes outlined in Health & Testing and Campus Access.

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Facility use and access

On June 7, 2021, in accordance with guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Cambridge, MIT lifted all of its Covid-era limits on building occupancy, returning spaces to their pre-Covid capacities. What this means for MIT researchers and research staff:

  • While capacity limits have been lifted, access to buildings remains restricted to members of the MIT community who are authorized to access campus using Covid Pass, with regular testing and attestations required. Covid Access authorizers and MIT gatekeepers may still limit access to certain areas via MIT occupant access points (see the MIT campus access map).
  • Campus visitors may now enter non-residential campus buildings if accompanied by a Covid Pass user who is authorized to access buildings; such visitors must be escorted by a Covid Pass user while inside campus buildings. All visitors must follow MIT’s pre-Covid visitor policies, as well as posted Covid safety precautions. MIT research visitor guidelines are being updated to provide more detailed guidance.
  • Well-fitted face coverings remain required in all MIT buildings except when an individual is eating, drinking, or alone in a fully enclosed space.

As announced on June 1, 2021, all MIT faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by July 30, 2021, in order to work on campus. Exemptions to this requirement may be granted for medical or religious reasons.

See the MIT Research Ramp-Up Information page for detailed guidance.

Specific research considerations


  • Effective May 17, 2021, those who have been completely vaccinated and do not have symptoms after travel can return to their residence or work site immediately.
  • Effective June 1, Covid-19 vaccination is required for MIT-related domestic and international travel. The requirement does not apply to local travel within New England.
  • MIT community members are advised to review MIT travel resources and register travel in the Covid Pass app.
  • See the MIT Covid-19 travel policy for more information.