Social Distancing Guidelines for the Workplace During the COVID-19 Outbreak: Updated August 16, 2022
The Rockefeller University implemented social distancing guidelines in early March 2020 to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community during campus operations, and has modified these guidelines in line with those from the CDC and New York State, and in response to the level of vaccination in our community, COVID infection rates in the region and the nation, and evidence about increased infectiousness of new variants.
- In-person, face-to-face meetings where all participants are fully vaccinated is allowed. Employees should use Zoom, telephone, online conferencing, e-mail, instant messaging or other electronic method to conduct meetings with people who are not fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to socially distance from each other.
- If in-person interaction between people who are not fully vaccinated is unavoidable, the interaction should be for a minimum period of time, in a large area room and unvaccinated individuals should maintain at least six feet of separation from others and wear face covering. See Guidelines for Mentoring/Training Activities.
- Avoid congregating in small work rooms, pantries, and copier rooms.
- Do not congregate in work rooms, pantries, copier rooms, or other areas where people socialize.
- Eat in outside areas when possible and maintain appropriate social distance from others while eating, whether inside or outside. As a reminder, food and drink are NOT allowed in the lab.
- Telecommuting/Working Remotely: Under University policy, employees may request a hybrid schedule for up to two days a week for remote work. Formal approval from your supervisor, the VP of your reporting line and the VP of Human Resources is required.
Employees are encouraged to the extent possible to:
- Avoid unnecessary travel for business or pleasure. See RU Travel Policy for more details.
- Avoid recreational or other leisure classes, meetings, or activities where you might come into contact with large groups of people whose vaccination status is unknown.
- Avoid handshaking as a means of greeting. Possible alternatives may include using a slight bow, elbow bump, or toe kick when greeting others.
- Use only your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
- When opening doors (especially bathroom or other public area doors) or touching other public surfaces, use a paper towel, tissue, or disposable glove.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible.
- Use general surface cleaning products or wipes to clean commonly touched surfaces.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.