In an email sent to NIH employees Friday, NIH director Francis Collins announced that only “mission-critical functions” will be allowed to continue onsite starting March 23.
“Mission-critical” functions include direct research on COVID-19, care of and labwork for non-elective NIH research participants, urgent public health research, work involving significant research investments that could be lost if not continued, and care of research animals.
Those working on non-critical functions should only access the labs when absolutely necessary for essential maintenance. Only one person is allowed in a non-critical lab at a time.
Employees were encouraged to telework last week. Those who can do their work remotely will continue to do so.
These conditions will likely last through April.