Effective through September 8:
Use of indoor common space is not permitted during this time, including lounges, kitchens, gyms, music rooms, and dining halls.
Effective September 8 Until Further Notice:
Pods can use pre-approved space as determined by Housing & Residential Services and the House Team.
In working with Housing & Residential Services and their House Team, residents are permitted to reserve spaces in their hall that have been designated for use. Each house is required to review the occupancy limits, ventilation, and other factors for their indoor spaces before determining which house spaces may be open for student use, and in what capacity and at what occupancy level. Occupancy of designated spaces may not exceed the size of gatherings permitted indoors by the Institute. For more information on how students may use indoor spaces within the house, students should consult their house team.
Surge Conditions: If the Institute determines that communities need to make adjustments to existing polices and/or shelter in place due to surge conditions on the campus or in the area, the following actions may be taken:
- Closing all common areas (kitchens, gyms, open lounges, dining halls)
- Suspending the pod program in undergraduate residences
Kitchens in Undergraduate Houses:
At this time, floor kitchens in undergraduate residence halls are closed. Houses may allow access to identified kitchens only for the use of sinks, refrigerators, trash barrels for food waste, and microwaves. Capacity limits and cleaning protocols must be observed. Stoves and ovens will not be available for routine cooking.
Gyms: Each house’s gym has different considerations. Currently, DAPER is planning to open indoor fitness spaces on September 8 to community members living on campus and graduate students enrolled in MIT’s safety and testing protocols, and houses should anticipate following the same timeline if the requirements for opening the gym space can be met. Until this time, house gyms are closed.
Makerspaces: House-based maker spaces are closed unless academic making needs cannot be met by centralized options such as the Hobby Shop. https://studentlife.mit.edu/hobbyshop Consult with Alice Ursella regarding academic needs and how it may be possible to open your house makerspace for this limited purpose. For those houses that do not have maker spaces, but do have residents with academic remote making needs, a temporary space can be created to accommodate “green” level tools as described in the Remote Making wiki. https://wikis.mit.edu/confluence/display/make/Remote+Making Again, consult with Alice Ursella regarding options and next steps.
Open Common Spaces: Individuals may occupy open indoor common spaces temporarily (e.g. while waiting for an elevator), but open common spaces may not be used for gatherings. Residents are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.