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Monitoring the COVID-19 Outbreak

With confirmed cases of COVID-19/coronavirus documented in the Florida Panhandle, the Doolittle Institute will act cautiously to prevent the virus’ spread. This page will be the first place we will announce changes to scheduling, facility hours, and event cancellations or postponements. Please bookmark this page and refresh it when you revisit for the latest updates. You can also watch for announcements on our Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

April 8, 2021

Facility Updates

Masks are recommended in our facility.

We still operate at a reduced capacity in each room to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Although our facility is staffed, various members of the DI Team still work from home and/or socially distance themselves from guests and each other.


February 4, 2021

Facility Updates

The Doolittle Institute is closed to the general public until further notice.

According to the SECDEF memo dated February 4, 2021, masks are required to be worn properly at all times in our facility unless (a) you are alone in a room with floor-to-ceiling walls AND a closed door, (b) you are actively eating/drinking AND socially distanced, (c) you are lowering your mask for security/identification purposes, or (d) it is necessary to accommodate an individual with a disability.

We reduced capacity in each room to 1/3 of its original capacity to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Although our facility is staffed, various members of the DI Team still work from home and/or socially distance themselves from guests and each other.


Nov 2, 2020

Facility Updates

The Doolittle Institute is closed to the general public until further notice. For on-site, in-person events, Members of AFRL, the Doolittle Institute Team, and event participants are strongly encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

We reduced capacity in each room to 1/3 of its original capacity to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Although our facility is staffed, various members of the DI Team still work from home and/or socially distance themselves from guests and each other.


April 2, 2020

Facility Closures

In compliance with Florida Governor Ron Desantis’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order Number 20-91 announced April 1, 2020, the Doolittle Institute will be closed for business from Friday, April 3 – Thursday, April 30, 2020. During this time, all employees, contractors, temp-to-hires and interns will work from home and our facility will not be staffed.

Event Changes

  • For the foreseeable future: Donuts with DI
  • March 26: AFWiSE Brown Bag Lunch (postponed, no new date announced)
  • March 28: FIRST® LEGO® League State Invitational
  • April 20: Dr. Bruce McCabe’s talk, “Emerging Technologies to Change the World” (postponed until late summer 2020)
  • April 30: AFRL Inspire (postponed until fall 2020)
  • May 19-21: AFOSR Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry Program Review (postponed, no new date announced)

At this time, Weapons Pitch Day and TH!NK SBIR Day are planned as one event on June 3 as if they will be an in-person event,  however we are also considering converting these to virtual events.


March 26, 2020 Update

Facility Closures

Effective 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 18 and until further notice, the Doolittle Institute will operate with minimal on-site staffing. Doolittle Institute team members are encouraged to work from home and minimize contact with others. A minimum of two (2) Doolittle Institute staff will still be present at the facility during normal working hours (8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday) to oversee the facility and support any AFRL personnel who chose to telework or conduct meetings here. Meetings conducted in our facility will be limited to 10 people per room, and social distancing will be strongly encouraged. Hand washing and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building.

Event Changes

  • For the foreseeable future: Donuts with DI
  • March 26: AFWiSE Brown Bag Lunch (postponed, no new date announced)
  • March 28: FIRST® LEGO® League State Invitational
  • April 20: Dr. Bruce McCabe’s talk, “Emerging Technologies to Change the World” (postponed until late summer 2020)
  • April 30: AFRL Inspire (postponed until fall 2020)
  • May 19-21: AFOSR Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry Program Review (postponed, no new date announced)

At this time, Weapons Pitch Day and TH!NK SBIR Day are still planned for June 3 and 4, respectively, as if they will be an in-person event,  however we are also considering converting these to virtual events or consolidating both events into a one-day, virtual event.


March 17, 2020

Facility Closures

Effective 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 18 through 5:00pm Friday, March 27, 2020, the Doolittle Institute will operate with minimal on-site staffing and staff is encouraged to work from home and minimize contact with others. A minimum of two (2) Doolittle Institute staff will be present at the facility during normal working hours (8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday) to oversee the facility and support any AFRL personnel who chose to telework or conduct meetings here.

Event Changes

These events were scheduled to be hosted at or managed by the Doolittle Institute. All DoD meetings, workshops, and working groups scheduled to be held at our facility through April 3, 2020 were cancelled. Please contact your event’s organizer if you are uncertain whether or not your event was canceled, postponed, or moved to a different location.

  • March 19 & 26: Donuts with DI
  • March 26: AFWiSE Brown Bag Lunch (postponed)
  • March 28: FIRST® LEGO® League State Invitational
  • April 20: Dr. Bruce McCabe’s talk, “Emerging Technologies to Change the World” (postponed)
  • April 30: AFRL Inspire (postponed to fall)
  • May 19-21: AFOSR Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry Program Review (postponed)

At this time, Weapons Pitch Day is still planned for June 3 as if it will be an in-person event,  however we are also looking into the option of virtual attendance in case the pandemic is still making its rounds.

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