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COVID-19 Advisory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is operating on a normal schedule.

Face coverings required

Effective July 14, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings on campus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to protect against the transmission and spread of COVID-19 on campus. Coverings must be worn indoors unless alone in an office or similar setting and outdoors when unable to socially distance at least six feet from others.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cases of COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus that emerged in China, have spread to several countries including the United States, leading the World Health Organization to characterize the outbreak as a pandemic.

In an effort to contain or slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. government has imposed travel restrictions to and from affected countries and has restricted travel from Europe. ORNL is heeding all travel restrictions and recommendations from federal agencies related to COVID-19.

It remains important that staff or visitors who believe they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 immediately report that information to the Laboratory Shift Superintendent (LSS) at 865-574-6606.

The health and safety of ORNL staff members, students, and visitors is of first importance. Because COVID-19 has the potential to affect our daily lives for the foreseeable future, ORNL is actively addressing how to minimize the chances of transmission while fulfilling the lab’s national missions.

COVID-19 News

Website on ORNL COVID-19 research

Visits to ORNL

  • Effective at 5 p.m. March 13, all visitors traveling from foreign countries – including U.S. citizens – will be suspended from entering ORNL until further notice. This includes the main campus and off-site facilities. It includes any visitor who has traveled to a foreign country during the previous three weeks.
  • All tours to ORNL are suspended.
  • Visiting researchers who have questions about access to ORNL and its experimental user facilities should contact their respective ORNL research partners for guidance.
  • Subcontractors and/or vendors who have questions about access to the ORNL site should contact their respective ORNL points of contact for guidance.

For ORNL Staff Members

ORNL staff members who can work from home are encouraged to do so while practicing social distancing in any public spaces. For the latest internal information and guidance, visit the Coronavirus Information Site, listed on the Internal Home Page.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

State Department

Department of Energy