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Coronavirus Updates and Resources

NREL continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Given the developing situation, and in the interest of placing paramount importance on the health and safety of NREL employees and visitors, we have assembled a team that is meeting daily to evaluate developments, issue guidance to staff and visitors, and ensure the laboratory is prepared.

Laboratory Operations

Based on direction from the secretary of energy and per Colorado’s shelter-in-place order, which went into effect on March 26, 2020, NREL has curtailed its laboratory operations. This means NREL staff who are able are working remotely until further notice. Essential employees and those requiring lab access will remain on site with staff safety and social distancing plans in place. We remain focused on making progress on our high-impact work while ensuring the safest situation for all.

Visits and Tours

To continue a proactive approach to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are suspending visits and tours on the South Table Mountain and Flatirons campuses for the immediate future. If you are scheduled to visit NREL, please contact your host to reschedule or plan a virtual meeting.


For the most current information about the pandemic, check these resources regularly:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Government Response to COVID-19

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Foreign and Domestic Travel

As our NREL community travels globally, we will continue following CDC and U.S. State Department health and safety guidance. The health and safety of the lab's employees, visitors, users, and guests—along with the continuity of laboratory operations—remain our primary concerns.

We ask all employees and visitors who are ill—particularly if they are exhibiting respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, or shortness of breath—to reschedule their visit and seek medical guidance.

Thank you for your assistance.