Phase 2 & 3 Research Reactivation

Phase 2 & 3 Research Reactivation

Phase 2 of Yale’s Research Reactivation, which started on July 20, 2020 and remains in effect until the start of Phase 3, broadens access to campus for faculty, staff and trainees, regardless of whether campus access is necessary for their academic and research programs, so long as there continues to be adherence to Yale’s guidance on physical distancing, room density and other public safety measures. Undergraduate students are not permitted on campus. Working from home is still recommended and strongly encouraged.

Phase 3 of Yale’s Research Reactivation, which starts on August 24, 2020, allows certain undergraduate students and semester-long visitors back to campus. Although some expansion of on campus activities are permitted in Phase 3, Yale’s guidance on physical distancing, dedensification and other public safety measures remain in effect. These restrictions will continue to limit activities that require close physical proximity, such as group meetings or person-to-person training that would otherwise violate physical distancing restrictions.

Overall permissions and restrictions for Phase 3 are the same as those for Phase 2. If you are already authorized to return to campus for Phase 1 or Phase 2, your authorization automatically carries forward into Phase 3, with the same laboratory safety plans and restrictions, including:

Phase 3 of Yale’s research reactivation allows additional on-campus activities relative to Phase 2, including:

  • Research by undergraduates enrolled in residence beginning on September 14th and new graduate students beginning August 24th is permitted on-campus, so long as it is consistent with laboratory safety plans and individual school policies, including COVID-19 screening. (See also Yale College Policy.)
  • Semester-long academic visitors to campus are permitted. However, visitors for seminars, colloquia, and other short-term visits are prohibited. Visitors must conform to all Yale COVID-19 safety measures.
  • University-sponsored gatherings should follow university guidelines and take place virtually, unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise. In-person gatherings outside the academic program, on or off campus, may be no larger than 10 people. Per Yale and State guidelines, rooms, floor, and buildings are limited to either 1 person per 150 square feet or 50% of usual occupancy or less. Classrooms, lecture halls and other rooms will have posted ‘COVID-19 Occupancy Limits’ limits that must be adhered to.

Below is further information and guidance on Phase 2 and 3 of Yale’s research reactivation.