Coronavirus Information - The Bodega Marine Laboratory has suspended visiting hours and public tours until further notice.

Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve are open to research affiliates, see COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures  |  COVID-19 Daily Symptom Survey

COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures

At BML and BMR we have a responsibility to follow policies and requirements to help protect fellow community members. This information is intended to serve as a dynamic guide for what you can expect as our operations evolve, and what will be expected of you. Please check back often for new resources and information.

Please direct questions about these processes to the BML COVID Workgroup.

As of November 5, BML and BMR will be in Phase 4, read more about operating restrictions.


Flu Shots Required By Nov. 19

All UC Davis students, staff, and faculty and other academic appointees must get vaccinated against influenza on or before Nov. 19, 2021 or affirmatively opt out by the same date, recording their shots in Health-e-Messaging.

Read more here


COVID-19 Policies for All Users

All Users must follow these steps below before accessing BML and BMR:

  • Read through the BML/BMR worksite plan: COVID-19 Safety Plan & Operating Procedures and the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
  • Complete the Daily Symptom Survey. You must have an “Approved” confirmation from the Symptom Survey before you appear on site.
  • Monitor your symptoms, stay home if you’re sick and report positive cases for yourself or members of your household.
  • Everyone is required to comply with routine COVID testing policies, see below.
  • Everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
    • If a person is fully vaccinated, the only time a face covering can be removed indoors is when that person is alone in an office or in a cubicle. If a person is unvaccinated, they must wear a face covering indoors at all times and outdoors in crowded spaces. 
  • Review the requirements for healthy behaviors.

Non-UC Davis Visitors (UC and Non-UC affiliates)

In addition to complying with the policies and completing the Daily Symptom Survey as outlined above, all non-UC Davis visitors (UC and Non-UC affiliates) conducting research at BML, entering buildings, facilities, or working on the Reserve must comply with one the following:

  1. Provide verification of vaccination and test results to the appropriate BML contact (listed below) and undergo COVID-19 testing every 14 days (negative results documented from 2-3 days prior to arrival). See “Testing” for more information.
  2. Communicate vaccination exemption status and test results to the appropriate BML contact (listed below) and undergo COVID-19 testing every 4 days (negative results documented from 2-3 days prior to arrival). See “Testing” for more information.

Provide verification of vaccination and test results to the appropriate BML contact:

  • Those staying in Housing must verify vaccination status with Housing manager Jennifer Sauter.
  • People using the lab, not staying in Housing, must verify vaccination status with Lab Manager Al Carranza.
  • Test results should be communicated with your BML Host or Lab Manager Al Carranza.

Routine COVID Testing

Compliance with the UC Davis Screening and Testing Program now requires routine testing for all registered students and employees, regardless of how often you access BML/BMR facilities:

  • Unvaccinated UC Davis students and employees are required to undergo testing and report results at least every four days.
  • UC Davis students and employees who have verified they are fully vaccinated are required to undergo testing and report results at least every 14 days.
  • UC Davis affiliates who are not fully vaccinated but have an approved exception must undergo testing every four days, see “Testing”.
  • Non-UC affiliates who are not fully vaccinated must undergo testing every four days, see “Testing”.

Fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to get tested voluntarily on a more frequent basis. The campus testing guidance aligns with CDC guidance that frequent COVID-19 testing contributes to low case rates in university and healthcare settings. 


BML and BMR Phase 4 Operation 

As of November 5, BML and BMR will be in Phase 4 and are open with some restrictions. Access to the Lab and Reserve by UCD people will be made via regular communication channels to applicable administration; no special BML/BMR administrative approval needed. Outside (non-UCD), independent research must be approved but will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Lab and Reserve will remain closed to the general public with some exceptions to accommodate select small groups.

Under Phase 4, research activities will return to normal levels. Face masks, vaccinations, testing requirements, and physical distancing will continue as in Phase 3. Research areas such as laboratories, wet labs, etc. will not have capacity restrictions (other restrictions still apply). Principal Investigators and managers can set capacity restrictions within their own spaces.

BML/BMR residents and UCD researchers do not need approval from BML/BMR administration for access to BML buildings, but must complete the Daily Symptom Survey and meet vaccination and reporting requirements.

Continued Restrictions under Phase 4:

  • Eating allowed only in designated spaces (South Lounge, Admin Conference room, Public Ed room, individual offices or designated spaces within PI spaces), or outside.
  • BML graduate student office cubicles can be used at regular capacity with masks on given the dividers present.  However, eating should be in designated eating spaces (listed above), not in the cubicles.
  • Capacity restrictions with signage will remain for common areas that include South Lounge, Lecture Hall, Admin Conference room, North Wing Lounge, Public Ed room, restrooms.
  • Housing capacity remains at 50% for now.
  • BML will still be closed to the public (no tours except in very specific approved cases).
  • BML Admin must approve social gatherings (such as BBQs and exit seminar celebrations) and select tours.

Research Users

Phase 4 allows requests to use BML for all UC Davis affiliates and opens requests for all other UCs and their affiliates, as well non-UC requesters.

All PIs, or any hosts of visitors coming to BML, must

  • Email the Lab Manager, Al Carranza, in advance to request approval. Include the number of who people will be at BML and the time and dates to allow us to track overall lab capacity.
  • Follow “COVID-19 Policies for All Users”, listed above.