Coronavirus Guidance for CNSI Facilities


On March 19, 2020 Los Angeles County (PDF) and the City of Los Angeles (PDF), among other nearby jurisdictions, ordered all residents to observe “Safer at Home” orders which are actions similar to those of other large metropolitan areas attempting to limit the spread of COVID-19. Educational institutions, like UCLA, are subject to these orders but are considered essential businesses. The California NanoSystems Institute will modify operations accordingly, with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely.

General building guidelines:

Updated – August 2021

Operating hours

  • The CNSI building is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for approved activities.
  • Check with individual areas (Tech Centers, Magnify, etc.) for specific operating hours.

Building Entry

  • A daily self-monitoring health survey is required to enter campus and the CNSI building. This requirement includes faculty, staff, researchers, students, UCLA-affiliated visitors and non-affiliated visitors (such as vendors, repair personnel, etc.). The UCLA Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System is accessible here. If the survey provides you with clearance to a UCLA site, you can show your clearance status in one of three ways:
    • Show the end of survey page on your device, download it with the PDF link, or take a screen shot and save it for later use.
    • Show the clearance email sent to your email address as listed in UC Path.
    • Log in to the COVID-19 Clearance Portal to view your status.
  • Face coverings are required on campus. Visitors to CNSI should be bring their own masks.
  • Research areas, Technology Centers and Magnify will provide their own research-specific PPE.
  • Verification of self- monitoring through campus web portal may be requested.
  • Individuals unable to verify symptom monitoring (by producing a response email from the web portal) or appears to be symptomatic, will be asked to leave the building.
  • Failure to follow all campus and CNSI policies may result in denial of access to the building.

For more information about specific areas of the building, please use the tabs below:

Elevators and Stairwells

  • We encourage priority use of elevators by disabled visitors.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use the interior bridges/ramps to reduce use of elevators.
  • Tape on the floors or similar markers near elevators and other common areas will designate distances between occupants to assure social distancing. Signs to remind visitors to maintain social distancing will be posted at inside and outside elevators.

Break Rooms (5th floor)

  • Break rooms will remain open to accommodate use of microwaves and other shared facilities.
  • Break rooms are not to be used for eating.
  • Outside eating area have been set up on the north and south ends of the fifth floor.

  • Visitors to CNSI should be bring their own masks for general use in the building. CNSI will have a limited number of masks for visitors. A cloth face mask is an acceptable face covering. Click here for City of Los Angeles guidelines for face coverings.:
  • Research areas, Technology Centers and Magnify companies should provide their own research-specific PPE.

Auditorium & Conference Rooms

  • The Auditorium and Presentation Space will be unavailable for use.
  • Conference rooms located on the 3rd floor (entry level) are reserved for administrative use.
  • Conference rooms located on the 5th floor can be reserved by building occupants by contacting No food or drink is permitted, adequate social distancing and masks are required at all times.

Third Floor Kitchen

  • The 3rd floor kitchen will not be accessible to visitors.

Administrative Staffing

  • Most CNSI administrative support staff continue to work from home.
  • Limited building operations and IT staff will be available for on-site support.
  • Please contact CNSI administrative staff by email for assistance. Contact information can be found here.

Research Labs/Magnify

  • Social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained at all times.
  • Employees should only come to campus to conduct work that cannot be carried out from home (i.e., experimentation, equipment use).
  • One occupant per bay of benches at a time.
  • Desktop workstations must be 6 feet apart from another workstation to be utilized.
  • There should only be one occupant at a time in shared spaces such as equipment bays and storage areas.
  • Wipe down and disinfect workstation, bench, and shared equipment prior to each use.
  • There should be no sharing of desktop workstations.
  • Dispose of laboratory gloves prior to leaving lab.
  • There will be no outside visitors to laboratories.
  • For tissue culture, or other shared use interior rooms, use an “Occupied/Unoccupied” sign.

Technology Centers

  • Hours of operation will be limited and defined by each Technology Center.
  • Access controls will leverage CLMS, LabRunr or the MSSR security system.
    • LabRunr will limit the number of people that can enter/occupy the cleanroom at any one time. NanoLab staff are onsite from 8-8, thereby enabling more active monitoring of user access.
    • MSSR has a limited number of users and will utilize its own access controls and scheduling system (Slack) to coordinate and maintain occupancy levels.
  • Signage has been placed outside the entrance of any laboratory space that requires limited occupancy
  • Users will be advised that there will be no shared PPE (for example, lab costs and face shields) available. Users will be guided to bring their own PPE whenever possible.
  • Users will wipe down / disinfect workstation, bench, shared equipment prior to and following each use.
  • Only one person is allowed per instrument/room at any one time.
  • Dispose of laboratory gloves prior to leaving the lab.
  • There will be no outside visitors to laboratories.
  • For all shared use interior rooms, an “Occupied/Unoccupied” sign will be installed and used.

Last but not least, we ask that if any of our community members are diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), that you let us know. We will work with you to inform any colleagues that may need to be aware of the circumstances, while also retaining your privacy. Please know that your safety and well-being is our top priority.

We thank you for your cooperation at this time. The most current information is always available at UCLA’s COVID-19 websiteBruins Safe Online and UCLA’s Twitter feed, which are all updated regularly.