COVID-19: Precautions and considerations for travel or fieldwork

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Field Protocol: Worksite Planning Checklist 

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Institutional Review:

  • Submit a Field Research Continuity Request form (available here); the VCRO must review and approve exception requests to continue critical field research as well as critical on-campus lab research during the COVID-19 pandemic and Statewide Shelter-in-Place order.

  • On March 19 the State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory -- DO NOT TRAVEL. Updated international travel protocols and approval process are posted on the UC Berkeley Global Engagement website:

Precautions and considerations if approval is granted:

  • Stay home if sick with a fever or cough or recent travel to higher risk regions/close contact with suspect cases within the last 14 days
  • Remind all participants to register travel via UC Away: 
  • Modify activities to maintain 6 foot social distancing  

  • Ensure adequate water and soap for handwashing

  • Promote hygiene: wash hands for 20 seconds and wipe down surfaces often, cough into sleeve, dispose of tissues  

  • Develop an enhanced cleaning/disinfection protocol for any shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, or shared equipment

  • Bring extra hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes

  • Carry a thermometer in your first aid kit

  • Maintain robust communication to receive updates or get assistance; maintain a frequent check in schedule

  • Carry a written emergency plan; consider distance to medical care and limited medical services/support for other injuries or illness

  • For overnight trips, ensure extra lodging is available to maintain social distancing, i.e. single rooms, single tents

  • Even for small groups, discuss transportation options to maintain social distancing; avoid public transportation

  • Continue to monitor precautions and maintain flexibility to alter plans at any time, self-isolate, or return home 

  • Keep a lookout for updated campus guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic:  

For additional questions or concerns, please contact EH&S Field Safety -