Travel is not without risks. If you are able to work from home after travel, we believe it is still prudent to do so. At the same time, the underlying rationale for quarantine, and the university’s concern, is to prevent inadvertent transmission of the virus to others in our community; we thus are most concerned about whether you may have been exposed while you have been traveling. If you commute to work from another state, or if you are planning to drive to your house in Maine for the weekend or visit your parents in New Hampshire, you would not be expected to self-quarantine. However, you should be aware that traveling – along with other factors - can significantly increase your risk of exposure—e.g., destination and mode of travel, ability to social distance, mask use, use of good hygiene resources and procedures, and avoiding large groups of people in close proximity for extended periods of time.
The university’s policy remains that the MA and CDC guidance provide the overarching guidance to be followed by travelers, issues and processes related to how quarantine guidelines should be enforced. The schools and divisions will determine if quarantine is necessary, taking into consideration a number of factors relevant to the risk of exposure while traveling and options for mitigating risk, such as: where you traveled, the degree to which the travel allowed for social distancing, other precautions taken both by you and the locations at your destination and transportation, the availability of testing, among others.
You should speak with your manager or supervisor (including prior to traveling, if possible) on how Massachusetts and CDC quarantine guidelines may affect your ability to return to work.
Please NOTE that if you are foreign national and have been in a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice country with restrictions on entry to the US (currently, Brazil, China, Iran, European Schengen area, UK, Ireland, and Iran) during the 14 days prior to your return to the United States, you will not be allowed to enter the country.