Press release

GMRI Announces Temporary Lab Closure in Response to COVID-19

Announcing new facility closure information due to the spread of COVID-19.

PORTLAND, Maine — March 16, 2020 — Effective immediately, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is implementing a 30-day closure of its facility at 350 Commercial St. in Portland. The building will be closed to all outside visitors during this time, including partners, vendors, and event registrants.

GMRI staff will also work remotely during this period and are prepared with the video conferencing and other remote-work tools they need to conduct business.

The temporary closure is effective immediately and will be continually re-evaluated by an internal response team as new information becomes available.

If you had planned a meeting or registered for an event at GMRI during this period, you can expect to hear from the appropriate GMRI staff person with postponement, cancellation, or teleconference details.

“The evidence is clear that social distancing is truly the only way we can help flatten the pandemic curve and help ensure that health facilities aren’t totally overloaded,” said Chief Operating Officer Ellen Grant. “We each need to do our part as members of the GMRI community, as well as of the broader community of Maine and beyond.”

Media Contact:

Elijah Miller
Communications Manager
[email protected]
(207) 577-2886

About the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI): 
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it.

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