Date: April 22, 2021
To: NYU Research Leaders
From: Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer

Dear Research Leaders,

I am writing today with some updated information about laboratory occupancy for summer 2021, as the university transitions to a more robust mode of operation.

Since last summer, we have been conservative, with lab occupancy limited to 50% of pre-COVID density.

After consultation with University leadership, we are revising that recommendation to allow 50% of legal occupancy, which will, in most cases, be significantly higher and allow more occupants in the space simultaneously. If administrators or department leaders need any help determining what 50% legal occupancy is for their facility, please reach out to Christine Ponder for the precise number.

Groups may also resume in-person lab meetings as long as they are held in a space that allows for people to maintain 6 ft of distance from others and everyone remains masked at all times.

In the interest of our collective safety, we urge the NYU Research community to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. A system for uploading results will be released soon so we can start tracking data across NYU.

Thanks to all of you for your patience and flexibility during this difficult year. I’m looking forward to seeing you all.


Stacie Bloom
Vice Provost for Research
Chief Research Officer