Travel Guidance During the Pandemic

For the overall health and wellbeing of our entire community, we encourage active dialogue with your manager or supervisor on all personal travel (not related to medical appointments or regular commute to campus) to ensure appropriate regulatory requirements are adhered to and critical work functions are accomplished. 

Essential Work Travel

College business travel has been suspended for the duration of the calendar year.  Exceptions for essential business travel must be approved by your respective senior staff member.

Supervisors and managers for those approved for essential business travel should consult the current Commonwealth of Massachusetts* or appropriate state of primary residency (VT, NY, CT, etc.) guidance regarding any requirements for self-quarantine upon return from travel. Supervisors/managers should develop plans with individual employees who are approved for travel to satisfy appropriate regulatory requirements as part of their travel itinerary.  

Personal Travel

Should an employee travel for personal reasons (not related to medical appointments or regular commute to campus), they must use vacation or personal days to cover all time, including the possibility of self-quarantine imposed by state regulations after their trip. 

We recognize that there are vast differences in the types of personal trips employees may have planned and here is some helpful guidance:

  • Consult your state of residency guidance on travel and requirements for self-quarantine 
  • Exercise good judgment when traveling
  • Avoid populated communities and areas
  • Avoid large gatherings to limit exposure
  • Follow CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others (social distancing, wearing a face covering)
  • Plan day trips whenever possible and avoid staying overnight

If a personal trip involves travel via an airplane or requires staying overnight away from home, please work directly with your manager or supervisor on your return to work protocol.

Thank you for your cooperation and care for our entire community.

*Published June 30, 2020: All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes. All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

**Effective Aug. 1st, the new travel order requires completion of a Massachusetts Travel Form and Quarantine for 14 days, or a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered no more than 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. This applies to arrivals and returns from any state outside of Massachusetts, other than Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii.