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MDM & KPNO covid-19 Response and Planning Protocols

This page serves as the central distribution hub for all planning and protocols associated with the resumption of staffing and eventual science operations at MDM as well as KPNO as a whole.  One thing that has become apparent is that response to covid-19 is fluid.  Therefore check back regularly to see if anything has been updated.

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MDM Observatory in the Era of COVID-19, Planning & Protocols

2021Mar25

NOIR/KPNO have issued a broadly-covering set of protocols detailing the various aspects of the steps necessary for operations to return to pre-pandemic levels.  Below are links to the various documents released over the week starting 17Aug2020.  These  links will be updated as necessary.  Check them regularly, particularly the one immediately below as it details the current status of KPNO.

KPNO COVID-19 Safety and Mountain Access

2020Dec28

While COVID-19 policies remain in effect, it is becoming increasingly possible for observers to return to the site if allowable by their parent institutions.  Otherwise, 1.3m operations can continue to be performed remotely and 2.4m observations can be added to scheduled queue time when travel is not possible.  If travel is not yet possible, your scheduled time would be returned to the pool  Please contact the Site Manager to discuss options for scheduled time and observations.

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