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COVID-19 Updates for Rev Members and Friends

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COVID-19 Updates for Rev Members and Friends

Current Operating Status (Updated December 14, 2021)

As you may know, Rev follows the COVID-19 safety protocols established by Cornell University and as of December 14, Cornell has shifted to Alert Level Red.

This means Rev remains open for member use, but we can no longer welcome guests of staff or members into our incubator space at this time.

We are here for the entrepreneurial community and are hopeful that this change in policy will be short-lived. We look forward to welcoming guests back to our space as soon as it is safely possible to do so.

In the meantime, we ask that Rev members continue adhering to the current policies when at Rev:

  • Everyone  must must sign in at the front entrance upon their arrival.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, everyone must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose at all times, aside from if/when actively eating and drinking. Individuals should maintain social distancing if/while eating or drinking.
  • Please do not visit Rev if you feel ill or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or if you have recently been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Operating Status (Updated August 1, 2021) 

Rev officially re-opened its doors to the public on June 7 and it has been so nice to welcome back members, partners, sponsors, guests, and everyone else in our startup community.  

Rev adheres to Cornell’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. When indoors, everyone at Rev – regardless of vaccination status – must remain masked except when eating; physical distancing must be maintained when unmasked. 

Operating Status (Updated July 15, 2021) 

Rev officially re-opened its doors to the public on June 7 and it has been so nice to welcome back members, partners, sponsors, guests, and everyone else in our startup community.  

Rev adheres to Cornell’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and now invited guests, who have been vaccinated, are permitted to enter Rev without the need for masks. See a summary of the current policies below:  

  • Everyone  must must sign in at the front entrance upon their arrival. 
  • Members, Rev staff, and invited guests who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or socially distance.   
  • Members, Rev staff, and invited guests who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.    
  • All drop-in guests  (not directly invited by members or staff) must wear masks and practice social distancing, regardless of vaccination status.  

Operating Status (Updated July 15, 2021) 

It’s happening!! Rev is officially re-opening its doors to the public on Monday, June 7! 

We are very excited to welcome back members, partners, sponsors, guests, and all the other members of our startup community. The pandemic has slowed down lots of things, but our members weren’t one of them. Many of our members adapted to meet the challenges the pandemic delivered and continued to grow and thrive, despite the unexpected hurdles. Now, with Rev’s doors set to officially open again, we are eager to see Rev return to a place where you can host meetings, seek in-person guidance from the Entrepreneurs in Residence, and connect with the Rev staff in real life.  

As you know, some members have been able to use the space at Rev while adhering to Cornell’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols over the last year. Starting June 1, the following policies will go into effect at Rev and all will be welcome back starting June 7:  

  • Everyone must sign in at the front entrance upon their arrival and answer the Covid-19 tracking questions.  
  • Members and Rev staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or socially distance. 
  • Members and Rev staff who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.  
  • All guests (non-members and staff) must wear masks and practice social distancing, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • We will continue to update you on changes to these policies. 

Operating Status (Updated July 15, 2021) 

Update from Tompkins County:
Effective May 19, New York state and Tompkins County will adopt CDC guidelines stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings. Private businesses may still require masks for everyone in their establishment, consistent with the CDC guidance. Unvaccinated people should still wear masks in all settings while around others. Read the full Tompkins County announcement.

While Tompkins County shared this update on May 19, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works will continue to operate under Cornell University COVID-19 policies.

Update from Cornell University
Although the semester is ending, it is critical that we maintain current procedures and remain vigilant. For example, while it is encouraging that the CDC has recently announced that vaccinated people can go mask-less in most places, at this time all individuals on the Cornell campus are still (Including Rev: Ithaca Startup Works) required to wear a mask indoors and maintain 6-foot physical distance with others regardless of vaccination status. We are closely monitoring NYS regulations and anticipate that the university will be able to adjust these indoor masking and distancing requirements after June 1, once New York state determines how it will implement the CDC’s new guidance. View full Cornell policy.

Rev remains open to current members who wish to access the space. Members can use their key-card to gain entry.

For those of you that wish to use the space, you must follow these guidelines:
1.    Sign in using the tablets at the front door
2.    Wear a mask and disinfect your workspace area before you leave
3.    Maintain a distance of at least six feet from workers and members in the space
4.    Stay home if you are showing any symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Additional information and changes to these policies will be shared as soon as they are made public.

Operating Status (March 13, 2021)

Rev is open for those members that need to access the space. They can use their key-cards to gain entry. 

If you are able to work from home, we recommend you continuing to do so.

For those of you that wish to use the space, you must follow the guidelines below:
1)    Sign in using the tablets at the front door
2)    Wear a mask and disinfect your workspace area before you leave
3)    Maintain a distance of at least six feet apart from workers and members in the space
4)    Stay home if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive.

Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 at Rev and in the Ithaca community, and that requires full cooperation among us all. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of everyone.

Operating Status (March 23, 2020)

Essential Businesses 

In accordance with the “New York State on Pause” executive order from Governor Cuomo, effective March 22, all non-essential businesses must require its employees to work from home. Therefore, the Rev incubator space will ONLY be open to members that operate essential businesses until this mandate is lifted. You can find more information about what companies are considered “essential” here. 

Startup Support Resources 

We will soon be sending out a list of resources and opportunities to support our member startups through the COVID-19 crisis. This list will be updated as the business environment continues to evolve.  

We will also be sending you an invitation to a webinar hosted later this week by our partner organization, Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement, entitled Supporting Startups Through COVID-19. The webinar will offer guidance to startups on the crucial issues they currently face and help them navigate and identify the resources that can help them now. We will send more details on the agenda and speakers soon. We hope you can join us for this valuable webinar.  

Please join us on Friday, March 27 for a Virtual CEO & Sponsor Morning Coffee. Our hope is that members can use this time to bounce ideas off of each other and discuss issues they are currently facing. Senior leadership from each member startup are welcome to attend. Stay tuned for a calendar invite with Zoom details.  


Ken Rother 
Director, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works 

Operating Status & COVID-19 Prevention (March 13, 2020)

Dear Rev Members and Friends:

Our Rev incubator operates under Cornell policy, as such, we are following Cornell’s guidelines regarding the prevention of Coronavirus.

Cornell recently released important updates regarding its operating status and to keep the health and safety of our Rev members and staff a top priority, these changes are being made at Rev effective Saturday, March 14:

  • Rev will be remaining open and our staff will continue to work, but all non-essential staff will be expected to work remotely. The incubator will not be staffed as normal with a Rev coordinator. Key card access will be required to enter the building at all times as the doors will remain locked until further notice.
  • Rev’s cleaning service will continue to clean the space and we encourage everyone to continue to wash their hands and wipe down frequently used surfaces.
  • Only Rev members and essential staff will be permitted to be present at the incubator. We ask that all meetings and events at Rev with guests or non-members be canceled until further notice. We encourage members to leverage virtual meeting tools to continue hosting their meetings.
  • When holding internal company meetings and establishing your workspace each day at Rev, we encourage members to maintain a six-foot distance between one another.
  • The prototyping shop, the 3D printers, and all lab equipment will be off limits. Without proper supervision and with the risk for potential injury requiring medical attention, use of this equipment is paused until further notice.
  • If the incubator space at Rev is required to close for a period of time in the future—and we are hopeful it will not need to close—all membership charges will be suspended. EIR mentoring will continue to be available virtually.

Although our Rev staff won’t be at the incubator each day (and the coffee won’t be brewed as frequently), we will continue to work normal hours and do our best to support our members.  Meetings will still be held—just virtually, social media and newsletters will still be distributed, and we will still be reaching out to members with opportunities and introductions.

You can contact the Rev staff as usual on Slack and our individual email addresses. We also wanted to share additional contact information to address any questions or concerns:

General Inquiries
[email protected]
Noma Shields: (773) 544-2474

Emergency Questions/Concerns
Caitlin Schickel: (607) 227-5281  

We realize how disappointing these measures may be, especially with the disruption to many of your customer markets. We strongly encourage you to leverage our EIR mentoring during these challenging times and continue to make progress on your startups. We are here to support you.

Now, more than ever, startups and the economic diversity and growth they can bring to our region will be needed as we look for boosts to our economy in the coming months. Thank you for the important work you are doing.

We will continue to share updates and keep you informed.

Ken Rother
Director, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works

Operating Status (March 11, 2020)

In accordance with the update sent by Cornell on March 10 regarding the prevention of the Coronavirus, we wanted to inform and remind Rev members of the following:

  • Rev members may continue to use the incubator space at this time
  • We ask that members minimize the amount of group events or meetings held in the space, especially with guests not affiliated with their company
  • Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRS) will continue to be available for general consultation and we encourage members to contact them if they are dealing with business continuity issues
  • Rev is managed under Cornell policy and if further restrictions are implemented, such as mandatory work from home, the above guidelines will change

Operating Status (March 6, 2020)

Upcoming [email protected] events in March and April have been canceled due to the current coronavirus situation per Cornell University’s health and safety guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to rescheduling these events as soon as possible — stay tuned for more information.Member only events like CEO Morning Coffees, Morning Grinds, etc. will continue as scheduled. Click here to see the calendar of upcoming Rev events! Please share this information with any of your employees who work at Rev or frequent the space. As a precautionary measure to keep the risk of coronavirus infection in our shared workspace low, we’re asking members of our community to observe the following common-sense food safety guidelines when using our shared pantry:

  • Wash your hands before opening the fridge or microwave
  • Wash your hands before you use common coffee and tea materials  
  • Wash your hands when you are opening dairy products to use in your beverage
  • Do not leave dishes in the sink; place used dishes, cutlery, mugs, etc in the dishwasher or wash in very hot water
  • Put dishes away once they are clean (and wash your hands before you do so!)