General Lab Information

Site Entry Quarantine Restrictions

Last updated: April 1, 2021

You are required to self-quarantine and work from home symptom-free for 10 days if any of the following are true.

  • You are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You are returning from travel to another country. You can “test out” of quarantine as described below.

If you meet any of the above criteria, you must also notify your supervisor and the Lab's Occupational Medicine Clinic (OMC) before returning to work. Staff who are unable to work from home should follow the guidance on the COVID-19 Resources site and contact their Human Resources Manager or manager if they have questions.

Non-hospitalized individuals recovering from COVID-19 can return to work if all the following are true:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms through day 14 and if any develop, they should immediately self-isolate.

You no longer have to quarantine after domestic travel

As of April 1, 2021, and in accordance with NY State guidelines, domestic travelers are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory.

While no longer required, the NY State Department of Health recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers as detailed below.

Symptomatic travelers must immediately self-isolate and contact the local health department or their healthcare providers to determine if they should seek COVID-19 testing.

All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state who have been outside of New York for more than 24 hours must complete the Traveler Health Form. Contiguous states to New York are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Irrespective of quarantine, all travelers must:

  • Monitor symptoms daily from day of arrival in New York through day 14;
  • Continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, through Day 14 (even if fully vaccinated); and
  • Must immediately self-isolate if any symptoms develop and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.

These guidelines apply to Brookhaven Lab staff and contractors, as well as the limited number of guests/users that are currently visiting or scheduled to visit the Lab.

Travel to New York From Other Countries

Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance requires air passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country to show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within in the previous three months or a negative test result from no more than three days prior to day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight. This applies to both U.S. residents and visitors from other countries. (Documentation of vaccination status or antibody test results will not be accepted as proof of COVID status prior to boarding, per CDC guidance.)

After arrival in the U.S., travelers must either quarantine for seven days with a test three to five days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers, whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated.

Restrictions on Travel and Hosting of Travelers

Domestic Travel Requests: All domestic travel considered essential to the Laboratory mission require the approval of the cognizant associate laboratory director (ALD) or Director's Office. The requests then must be submitted to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by the close of business each Monday, copying the relevant Human Resources Manager. Decisions can be expected by the following Monday. Urgent requests will be considered but are discouraged.

Domestic Relocation Requests: All domestic relocation requests require the approval of the cognizant ALD or Director's Office. The requests then must be submitted to the ALD for Human Resources by the close of business each Monday, copying the relevant Human Resources Manager. Decisions can be expected within two weeks.

International Travel Requests: All international travel by Brookhaven Lab staff or funded by Brookhaven Lab considered essential to the Laboratory mission require the approval of the cognizant ALD or Director's Office. The requests then must be submitted to the CFO by the close of business each Monday, copying the relevant Human Resources Manager. Decisions may take a week or more. Urgent requests will be considered but are discouraged.

International Relocation Requests: All international relocation requests require the approval of the cognizant ALD or Director's Office. These requests then must be submitted to the ALD for Human Resources by the close of business each Monday, copying the relevant Human Resources Manager. Decisions may take a week or more.

Non-Department-Funded Work (e.g., Strategic Partnership Project [SPP] activities): Non-DOE funded work will follow the DOE policy and any additional restrictions placed on travel by the other agency, or the entity funding and sponsoring the SPP work.

Hosting Domestic or International Travelers for DOE Business: All domestic and international travelers coming onto the Lab site for DOE business must first be approved at the ALD level or by senior Lab leadership.