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-March 10, 2022-

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the entire Institute community moved to a remote virtual learning and work environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two years, the collective adherence of students, faculty, and staff to the COMMIT @ IHP policies and processes have resulted in maintaining a healthy and safe learning/work environment. 
 
I want to express my gratitude for all you have done during these uncertain and ever-changing times. After 724 days, we can finally announce significant changes to our policies as we continue the transition back to a vibrant campus experience. 
 
Effective Monday, March 14, 2022: 

  • Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff do not need to wear a mask on campus (except in limited circumstances) nor maintain social distance when eating or drinking.
  • Guests and visitors to campus should follow vaccination and COVID screening requirements and processes.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should be masked while on campus and maintain social distance while eating and drinking. Institute-provided masks are required and will continue to be available at all check-in stations.
  • Institute-provided masks will be required by students, faculty, staff, clients, and research participants in the Sanders IMPACT Practice Center and research data capture areas. Facemasks and goggles are optional.
  • Clients and research participants must complete the COVID screening process each time they come to campus.

Masks will continue to be required when:

  • Riding on Mass General Brigham shuttle buses and public transportation.
  • Entering all clinical areas within the MGB system and other health care settings.
  • Local communities maintain the masking requirement.

 
Despite the changes in policy, students, faculty, and staff must continue to complete the COVID PASS prior to arrival on campus or at any MGB site.
 
We can begin to return to pre-COVID room capacities. This will occur over the remainder of the semester as we make the necessary adjustments to campus spaces.
 
Some members of our community may make the personal choice to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distance. We will respect these personal decisions. Please keep in mind that just because someone is masked does not mean they are not vaccinated. 
 
The Institute website will be updated over the next few days to reflect these changes.
 
In closing, thank you again for all you have done to maintain a healthy and safe campus environment. We must continue to be vigilant in the personal and professional decisions we make on a daily basis. We have learned from this experience and know how we may need to adapt if we experience any future COVID surges. 
 

 Denis Stratford
Chief Operating Officer

 

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