General Lab Information

Site Entry Quarantine Restrictions

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 personal travel to another state or country, with the exception of several states contiguous to NY (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts). 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 contact their Human Resources Manager for guidance.

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 can test out of the 10-day requirement for certain travel as follows:

NY State has announced new guidelines—effective Dec. 26, 2020—allowing out-of-state travelers to New York (including NY State residents who have traveled out of state or out of the country on personal or business travel) to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well.

For any traveler to New York State from out of state or out of the country—exempting the contiguous states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts—the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are:

For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
  • Travelers must complete the NY State Traveler Health Form.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • Travelers must provide proof of the negative test results to OMC before returning to the Lab site.
  • Travelers may not quarantine on the Brookhaven Lab site.

For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the NY State Traveler Health Form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test four days after their arrival in New York.
  • Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well.

Restrictions on Travel and Hosting of Travelers

Domestic Travel: All domestic travel considered essential to the Laboratory mission will require the approval of the cognizant associate laboratory director (ALD) or Director's Office and coordination with the Chief Financial Officer.  

Personal Domestic or International Travel: Employees returning from personal domestic or international travel (exempting the contiguous states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts) must quarantine themselves for 10 days after arrival in the region before returning to the Lab site, unless they opt to “test out” as described above.

International Travel: All international business travel by Brookhaven Lab staff or funded by Brookhaven Lab remains suspended until further notice, with an exception for mission-essential international travel, which must be approved by DOE. If mission-essential international travel is deemed necessary, you must work with your ALD and the Director's Office to obtain DOE approvals and coordinate with the Chief Financial Officer.

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.