University of Maryland research spaces will be able to expand to 75 percent capacity April 5, according to a Wednesday email from Laurie Locascio, vice president for research.

Research spaces have been operating at 50 percent capacity since late August.

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Human subject research will not be expanded to 75 percent and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the university’s Institutional Review Board, the email read. 

Researchers are required to follow the university’s “4 Maryland” guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing at six feet, according to the email. The restrictions will apply for all researchers regardless of vaccination status, Locascio wrote.

The researchers will continue to be monitored for health and safety purposes and new regulations may be implemented, the email read. The Research Division hopes to reach full occupancy in all research spaces by the summer.