The Kitt Peak National Observatory, where the Mayall telescope houses the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, was closed in March, 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The observatory cautiously and carefully reopened for maintenance in September, 2020 and since then has been slowly ramping up activities. Critical telescope maintenance and instrument improvements are being made in anticipation of a re-commissioning phase of DESI in November. Following this re-commissioning period, during which we will confirm that the instrument provides the same performance as it did pre-shutdown, we will start our Survey Validation phase. The team is excited and eager to once again start collecting data!