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NEWS | March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance

By Department of Defense and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory [Revised 3/7/2022]

NRL Visitor COVID-19 Vaccination & Mask Procedures

Official Visitors are non-DOD individuals seeking access, one time or recurring, in association with performance of official DOD business (e.g., to attend a meeting) but do not have credentialed recurring access (CRA). Personnel who may need to access a building for any other purpose (e.g., groundskeeper accessing bathroom, etc.) will follow the same requirements as Official Onsite Visitors.
According to updated guidance released by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on February 28, 2022, beginning immediately, the following masking and screening testing guidance requirements based on the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels* will apply:
  • When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH, indoor mask-wearing is required for all Service members, DoD civilian employees, onsite DoD contractor personnel (collectively, “DoD personnel”), and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. The screening testing program via DD Form 3150† shall be utilized. Visitor Control will also have copies of the DD 3150 Form available as needed.
  • When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM, indoor mask-wearing is not required for DoD personnel or visitors. The screening testing program via DD 3150 shall be utilized. Visitor Control will also have copies of the DD 3150 Form available as needed.
  • When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is LOW, indoor mask-wearing is not required for DoD personnel or visitors. The screening testing program via DD 3150 is NOT required.
  • Individuals may choose to wear a mask regardless of the COVID-19 Community Level.
† Visitor Control will also have copies of the DD Form 3150 available. Personnel who will NOT be entering any buildings on the facility during the course of their visit will NOT be required to complete DD Form 3150 (e.g., delivery or taxi personnel accessing common public areas outside the guardhouse gate).

Additional Visitor Details

Close contacts and symptomatic personnel:

A.) Close contacts who have been fully vaccinated and individuals who have tested positive in the past three months do not need to quarantine.  Asymptomatic personnel who are not immunized and are suspected of exposure shall quarantine in accordance with CDC and local medical guidance.
B.) Symptomatic personnel regardless of immunization status shall follow local medical and CDC guidance on what to do when you are sick.
C.) A non-immunized patient with suspected COVID-like illness (CLI) or Influenza-like illness (ILI) who has tested negative for COVID-19 may return to work after.

(1) at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medication;
(2) improvement in symptoms and;
(3) at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms.  Immunized patients with suspected CLI/ILI should consult their medical provider before returning to work.

Front Gate ID Check: Personnel entering the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling must show ID/CAC cards to police officers at all entry control points (ECPs). Drivers should lower their window during the ID check unless otherwise directed by the officer.

  • First show the front of the ID card to verify personnel identity/photo.
  • Next, turn card over so the ECP officer can scan the barcode.
  • If the driver is wearing a mask the officer will ask to pull down the mask in order to positively identify the individual.

Employee Assistance Program: As mentioned May 4, 2020, by the Chief of Naval Research, employee assistance is available to meet a number of needs during stressful periods.

Hurricane preparation tips during COVID-19 from FEMA:

Shipping and Receiving: Effective July 5, 2021, the central receiving warehouse located in bldg. 49 will be open Monday—Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The warehouse will be closed from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day for internal business.

Personnel are no longer required to schedule an appointment before visiting bldg. 49. However, personnel should still follow social distancing guidelines while in and around the building and should follow DOD and NRL mask guidelines.

Receiving will accept small package goods/materials and freight from all carriers Monday through Friday from 7a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Carriers must arrive to the Visitor Center, bldg. 72, no later than 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to allow time for visitor processing. Due to updated guidance from the CDC and other public health organizations, packages and freight will no longer be set aside for at least 72 hours before processing.

Contracting: For information on contracting with the Department of the Defense (DOD) and COVID-19, please visit:

For information on COVID-19 and the U.S. Government’s response, please visit the Centers for Disease Control at:

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