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College of Biological Sciences

Cedar Creek COVID-19 Updates

The University of Minnesota and Cedar Creek continue to update their responses to the COVID-19 virus.  As the challenges presented by COVID-19 continue to change rapidly, the University of Minnesota‚Äôs top priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our University community.

  • The University of Minnesota remains in a status of extended reduced operations. At this time, only approved staff and researchers are allowed at Cedar Creek.
  • Most in-person programs at Cedar Creek are currently on hold. Several of our long-term programs, including our monthly Lunch with a Scientist lectures and book club meetings are currently being held via Zoom. Details on these and other programs are available on the Cedar Creek Upcoming Events page and our facebook page.
For all researchers and staff:

Make sure you have the needed COVID-19 approvals. The University is asking all employees who can work from home to continue doing so through August 2, 2021. Therefore, access to Cedar Creek and the rest of campus requires approval. For summer 2021, there are three groups of Cedar Creek researchers:

  1. University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers who were approved last year (during 2020) to conduct research at Cedar Creek do not need to submit new COVID-19 approval requests.
  2. UMN researchers who did not submit an approval request last year, including any new postdocs or students, will need to submit a request through UMN's sunrise process, as described in the attached PDF.
  3. Researchers who are not based at the University of Minnesota will need to complete the form here to request access and to confirm that they will follow all health and safety guidelines.

Plan ahead and request any needed resources now. Due to reduced capacities that maintain social distancing, we will likely run out of many shared resources, such as lodging, vehicles, and indoor space this summer. To ensure that you have the resources you need, and to help us equitably allocate the available resources, please plan ahead and complete this resource request form as soon as possible. In early April, we will begin allocating shared resources for the early part of the summer, from early May through the end of June. In early June, we will begin allocating shared resources for the remainder of the summer.

A few other considerations for this summer:

  • Please avoid coming indoors unless you have requested indoor space (via the form described above) and it has been assigned to you. Portable toilets will be available for people working outdoors.
  • Indoor spaces, lodging units, and vehicles will have reduced capacities. These capacities may change throughout the summer, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
  • For the latest COVID-19 guidance and requirements at the University of Minnesota, please see the UMN sunrise plan. This website is periodically updated to follow the current guidance provided by the CDC and MDH. It was last updated on March 16th. All people at Cedar Creek will be expected to follow the detailed practices described there, including for wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands, and other health and safety practices.

We will continue to update our strategy and expectations as more information becomes available. Thanks for your patience.  University updates are available at