Long-term data series and experiments are allowed as essential activities under current MSU COVID-19 guidelines. Sampling at LTER, GLBRC and LTAR research sites (including KBS and MLE) falls within this purview so long as:
- sampling can be safely carried out while maintaining a minimum social distance of 6 feet and by wearing a mask at distances between 6 and 20 feet (except while eating). No mask is required at social distances >20 feet.
- entry to the LTER or other field lab is minimal, scheduled to avoid more than one person in a room at a time, and face masks are worn inside at all times (this includes bathroom visits)
- investigators bring their own sanitizing solution, wipes, and face mask
- investigators use their own vehicle on site with two people maximum per vehicle, and always wearing face masks. When conditions are wet or muddy, they will park their vehicle on hard or gravel surfaces (after large rain events, alleyways may have standing water or saturated soils).
- all other University requirements are met, including (but not limited to):
- approved travel authorization, if required
- two people maximum per vehicle on site when necessary, and always wearing a face mask
- disinfection procedures that include sanitizing keys, door handles, shared tools, touchscreens, equipment and vehicle interiors, bathrooms, and work surfaces;
- completing paper and computer work at home
- completing the daily health assessment
You are expected to respect and comply with any additional restrictions we impose. Please delay research activities to the extent possible.
Requests to use the LTER or GLBRC field sites must be approved in advance via the SURF-Covid-19 Procedures Agreement (part of the SURF request). Daily visits to sites must be requested and approved 24h in advance with Stacey VanderWulp (LTER) and Caro Cordova (GLBRC) to avoid overlapping plot or building use.