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COVID-19 Guidelines
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  • Users must wear face masks in the recommended manner at all times. Users should put on fresh gloves when entering the facility and discard them when leaving. Glove boxes, safety glasses, EtOH, and other supplies are available at the entrance.
  • ONE user max per room/curtained area. No more than ONE user per microscope. Please communicate with each other and modify your reservation times accordingly for your individual needs.
  • If central benchwork is required, reserve it in advance (via the Resource Scheduler) to ensure social distancing rules are followed. At most ONE person can use the bench (and be in the main room) at a given time. Benches should be kept clean. Personal equipment and samples should be removed or stored in appropriately labeled boxes.
  • Do NOT schedule equipment immediately after another user; please allow for a 30-minute gap between sessions. If you are running late, notify the next user so that they aren’t waiting in the facility.
  • At the start of your session, we recommend disinfecting common equipment (including cling-wrapped surfaces) with 70% EtOH. Do NOT spray directly on the equipment but rather on cleaning wipes/paper. Periodically spray your gloves with EtOH to minimize cross-contamination.
  • Wear safety glasses (or prescription eyeglasses) if you need to use the microscope eyepieces. Please bring your own or get them at the entrance. Keep them afterwards.
  • Observe normal instrument shut-down procedures and properly disinfect common equipment again.
  • Make all efforts to perform file transfers and image analysis remotely. The four main processing workstations (host names: LM-WW1, LM-WW2, LM-WW3, LM-WW4) can be accessed using Remote Desktop Connection. They have 10GbE connections and the same user profiles (user: imaging, pw: .Janelia). If you physically need to be at the terminal, make sure to reserve the central bench too (via the Resource Scheduler).
  • Most trainings have resumed. To ensure minimal contact during training, there is brief in-person instruction at the start (and limited thereafter) followed by remote training such that we operate the scope from a neighboring room.
  • Make all efforts to communicate with staff electronically; we will quickly respond via email and/or Zoom. If it is necessary to address staff in person, please coordinate beforehand.