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Week of October 12, 2020
What you need to know now
Keep up the good work!
- Positive cases remain low. MIT Medical is posting the latest testing data on the Covid Testing Dashboard.
- Read the MIT News article about how contact tracing happens at MIT.
- If you are eating in a common space on campus, the safest option is to eat alone. If you aren’t eating alone, maintain distance and avoid sharing food.
- Stay vigilant. Wear a mask (nose and mouth) and observe proper physical distance to help to keep our community safe.
Get your flu shot now
- All registered domestic students are required to get a flu shot by October 30, even if they live off campus.
- This year MIT Medical flu clinics are only available to Covid Pass participants, MIT Medical patients, and MIT students, regardless of where they live.
- Please don’t come to campus for a flu vaccine if you are not eligible to do so.
- In an effort to maintain physical distancing on campus, we are asking other members of the MIT community to get their flu shots off campus.
New “touchdown spaces” available on campus
- Starting on October 5, new “touchdown spaces” are available to Covid Pass users who are students and/or campus residents.
- These quiet spaces are 12 repurposed classrooms on the first floor of several MIT buildings and are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- You don’t need to reserve the spaces in advance, but please observe capacity limits indicated on the room signs.
New policy on face masks starting Oct. 2
- Starting on October 2, 2020, you must wear a face covering at all times when in outdoor public places, including sidewalks, streets, parks, and any other outdoor area that is open to the general public.
- If you are indoors, wear your face covering in all public places, such as lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells, and restrooms.
- Per MIT’s face covering policy, you may temporarily remove your face covering if you are alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door.
- The Division of Student Life produced this short video on how to properly wear a face covering.
The basics now
- Use MIT’s second Covid-19 testing facility, at the Johnson Athletic Center (open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) as an alternative to the MIT Medical testing trailer.
- MIT is in Phase 3 of its reopening. See the overview of MIT’s phases, as well as the more detailed view of what each phase encompasses.
- Contact MIT’s anonymous hotline if you have any concerns regarding your activities on campus during Covid-19.
Registered domestic students are reminded to get their flu shot as soon as possible.
Updated guidance for laboratory-based research.
Quiet spaces in 12 repurposed classrooms are available to all Covid Pass users.
Policies that apply to all in-person events on campus.
Starting Friday, October 2, you are required to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth at all times in public places in Cambridge.
Expedited process for addressing reported violations of the Covid-19 return to work on campus policy
New procedures to address policy violations related to Covid-19 by faculty and staff. (Touchstone login required)
Protecting healthBest practices for public health will be mandatory for anyone on campus.
Ensuring continuityOur aim is to help all students continue to make academic progress.
Advancing MIT’s missionMIT remains dedicated to building a better world through education, research, and innovation.