COVID-19 Operations

Dear MAF users,

As you may have heard through a statement from the VPR office, steps are taken to reinstate some research capabilities. We, at MAF, have made plans to return gradually to operation in phase with the Governement of Newfoundland and Labrador and the CRWG recommendations. Please be aware that our opening phases may differ from the dates from the provincial government to accomodate our own requirements and lab space restrictions. Our priority is your safety as well as the safety of our staff and equipment while resuming samples analysis. 

Below you will find information of our phased-approach return to research activity. Please note that this webpage will be updated regularly to adjust to the ever-changing situation.

We are currently running in Alert Level #2

Phases of return to operations

  • Alert Level 5: All facilities are closed.
  • Alert Level 4: Lab inspections performed by MAF staff. Remote research is supported
  • Alert Level 3: All samples are run by MAF staff. Anticipated date: June 8th
    • Online sample submission forms. All forms must be completed before dropping the samples
    • Samples must be dropped off/picked up at specific time and location agreed upon with lab coordinators.
    • Properly labeling of samples is essential. Failure to do so will result in the sample being discarded.
    • Grouping of samples/experiments is strongly encouraged
    • All contact with staff must be done by email
    • No training
  • Alert Level 2: Experienced users can run their samples. Only 1 user at a time in the labs.
    • Senior users whose research is close to completion will be given priority.
    • User has contacted MAF staff and has been pre-approved for access.
    • CRWG has granted access to the user.
    • Users must take COVID-19 online training.
    • Users must comply to all COVID-19 lab safety rules.
    • Users should wear personal non-medical masks while in the lab.
    • Users must sign the cleaning checklist when leaving the lab.
    • Users who shows symptoms, even if mild, are not allowed on the premises and we recommend they contact 811.
  • Alert Level 1: Training of new users resumes.

Drop-off times/locations by Instruments

For each of the below instruments, please contact the lab coordinators to set up a time/location for sample delivery.

MAF COVID-19 Lab Safety rules

  • Cleaning Procedure

    • Handwashing is mandatory when entering the room
    • All surfaces should be wiped down with the provided EtOH solution before and after usage. Use the spray bottle provided in the lab to spray the solution onto a paper towel before wiping down all surfaces. Do not spray directly on surface as it can cause damages
      • Door/Door handles
      • Desk/Chair
      • Computer keyboard, mouse and screen
      • Instrument surfaces
    • Handwashing should be repeated every 30 minutes
  • PPE
    • Masks should be worn at all time when in the lab
    • Gloves should be worn when manipulating samples
    • Do not enter the room with gloves worn outside the lab
    • Users should wear fresh, clean lab coats on every visit
  • Physical Distancing
    • Only one person at a time is allowed in the room
    • Users should not be allowed to walk in to see if an instrument is free. All the checking
      and booking must be done online.
    • Access to the room might be granted only after discussion with staff
    • All communication with staff should be made by email or phone
    • Doors will remain locked at all time
    • Follow floor markings when available


CREAIT Network

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000