Staged Approach

Parts of the University are currently operating as an essential business under restricted-access protocols. In addition, some labs are conducting Essential Functions and Minimum Basic Operations, as allowed by Santa Clara County orders and University guidance. As Santa Clara County orders are loosened, operations on campus will follow suit, though not necessarily at the same pace.

Stanford plans to reactivate our research activities via a staged approach. University administration will decide to move forward into a more advanced stage (or backward into a less advanced stage) on the basis of local, county, state, and federal public health directives; the current state of the health care system; and policy directives and decisions by Stanford’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

During all stages, departments and laboratory groups should

  • minimize the occupancy density of campus rooms and buildings,
  • limit person-to-person contact within our facilities,
  • open on-campus research space only to activities that cannot operate remotely, and
  • undertake those activities only in the limited areas of campus buildings necessary to complete the work.

During all stages, anyone working on campus must use Health Check so that Stanford can screen all personnel for temperature anomalies and other COVID-19 symptoms prior to the beginning of each shift. Employers of vendors, contractors, and other workers will also be expected to screen their employees on a daily basis before they enter a Stanford facility.

Many research projects have successfully transitioned to remote or partially remote operation; i.e., they now require no access or infrequent access to university spaces. These projects should continue to operate remotely throughout Stage 2 at least.

These guidelines apply to laboratories and to other spaces within laboratory buildings. Updated guidance on the use of classrooms, teaching labs, or other instructional spaces, including the use of labs for remote teaching, will be updated when available.