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Travel Guidance and return restrictions

Return restrictions

If you are returning to Massachusetts from another country or a higher-risk state Massachusetts requires that you:

  1. Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to returning to Massachusetts, unless you are returning from a lower-risk state or have had a negative COVID-19 test. 
  2. Quarantine for 10 days or have a negative COVID-19 test from a sample taken either (1) within the 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts or (2) after your return to Massachusetts. 

 

Additional Broad Requirement

New travel policy (as of November 4, 2020): Broadies who have traveled out of state (including lower-risk states) by airplane, train and/or bus, or are returning from a higher-risk state or another country by any means, who want to return to onsite work before 10 days have passed:

  1. Must get tested at 415 Main and work offsite until they receive a negative result.
  2. May resume onsite work after an initial negative result, but must retest each day they are onsite until seven days have passed since their return. They may continue to work onsite while awaiting those subsequent test results.
  3. Must strictly follow all distancing, mask, hygiene, health screening, and other safety precautions. As a reminder, in the case of a positive test, all close contacts (defined as less than six feet apart for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) will be required to self-quarantine. It is therefore critical to maintain distance in order to ensure all Broadies can continue their onsite work safely.

If you are traveling to a  lower-risk state, you do not have to complete the travel form or quarantine under Massachusetts’ rules, but Broad will require you to comply with Broad’s travel requirements described above in order to work onsite. 

This policy does not apply to those whose regular commute involves train or bus travel.

Those returning from a lower-risk state by private vehicle do not need to quarantine or get additional COVID-19 tests.

However, we expect that all Broadies (traveling from lower- and higher-risk states) will take even greater care than usual to strictly follow distancing, mask, health screening, and other safety precautions during the two weeks following any travel. 

Please note that Massachusetts has a few exemptions to these travel restrictions, including an exemption for those who regularly commute back and forth between states for work or school. See the full list of exemptions here.

Contact covid19response@broadinstitute.org with any questions.

These restrictions apply to anyone entering a Broad facility.

 

Business travel

  • All business travel, regardless of location, is prohibited as of Thursday, March 19. See below for questions around reimbursements and cancellations.

  • Changes to any business travel booked on a personal credit card prior to March 6, 2020 will continue to be reimbursable via Concur. Write to reimbursement@broadinstitute.org with questions.

 

Personal travel

If you are asked to self-quarantine, you will receive guidance and resources for self-quarantine from your HR partner

 

All travel must be registered

If you do choose to travel by air or train you must register your trip with International SOS, the Broad’s emergency travel assistance partner. This is required for both business and personal travel to any domestic or international destination and ensures we can alert Broadies, and extend support when possible, should conditions change. 

If you booked your travel through Atlas travel (including travel booked through Concur), your travel is automatically registered. 

Regular commutes, such as by train, do not need to be registered.

 

Cancelling travel arrangements

To cancel travel arrangements that an employee or affiliate has booked through Atlas Travel, including arrangements made in Concur, contact the Atlas agent team at 800-574-7137 or team1@atlastravel.com.

An employee, affiliate, or visitor who booked travel through means other than Atlas (e.g., with a personal credit card) should work directly with the vendor to cancel their plans. 

If a vendor seeks formal documentation of Broad's policies that prompted the cancellation as a condition of refund, you can find that documentation here

If you have any other questions related to the cancellation of travel, please send them to reimbursement@broadinstitute.org.

 

Related: Exposure, illness, and returning to work  

 

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