Phases for Resuming On-Campus Activity

Consistent with Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery, we are planning for a phased resumption of in-person activities. Progress through the phases of recovery may differ across the university, and may be halted or reversed if conditions demand it.

Johns Hopkins University is currently in Phase 1 of its reopening plan; on-campus laboratory research resumed on June 15.

Essential On-Campus Activities

  • Strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements
  • Testing and contact tracing of symptomatic students and employees

While the university remains open, telework is the first choice and priority for as many employees as possible, in accordance with Maryland’s stay-at-home order. Employees should be on site only when performing essential
tasks. All on-campus research is restricted to essential and COVID-19 activities only. Access to all campus buildings is restricted. Instruction is remote/online and all residential and in-person academic programs are canceled.

Phase 1 – Resuming Low-Risk Activities

  • Continue to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements
  • Testing and contact tracing of symptomatic students and employees

Examples of activities during this phase

  • Resumption of research with strict distancing practices, including the use of staggered shifts
  • Most instruction remains online/remote
  • Limited classroom instruction (e.g., 10-person seminars can resume, with physical distancing and masking)
  • Limited operation of campus facilities, including libraries
  • Limited transportation options

Phase 2 – Resuming Medium-Risk Activities

Phase 2A:

  • Continued reliance on strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements
  • Testing and contact tracing of all symptomatic students and employees, and asymptomatic individuals at a rate similar or better than national, state, and local efforts

Phase 2B:

  • Containment with availability of rapid, high-capacity testing (and aggressive contact tracing, isolation, quarantine), with some potential lessening of physical distancing and masking requirements

Examples of activities during this phase

Phase 2A:

  • More programs begin to resume in-person (low-density, and always with an online option)
  • Graduate instruction and research labs continue with low density (six-foot distancing, still with masking)
  • Limited residential (singles only; no shared facilities) and dining (grab-and-go only)
  • Transportation options begin to increase
  • In-person research team activities increase

Phase 2B:

  • Relaxing of classroom occupancy limits (but not fully back to normal)
  • Relaxing of residential and dining limits (shared occupancy; limited sharing of bathrooms and kitchens; limited eat-in dining)
  • Transportation options further increase (but not fully back to normal)
  • Relaxation of shift work for research labs
  • Increased return from telework

Phase 3 – Resuming Higher-Risk Activities

Requires widely available vaccine, effective therapeutics, and/or substantial immunity among community

Examples of activities during this phase

  • Instruction in large lecture halls without strict distancing
  • Unmodified residential and dining activities
  • Larger social gatherings (e.g., athletics events)
  • Full transportation options
  • Return from telework for all employees
  • Unrestricted travel

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