NEWS | March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance

By Department of Defense and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory [Updated 12/10/2021]

NRL Visitor COVID-19 Vaccination Procedures

Effective December 16, 2021, all visitors entering U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) facilities will be required to present a completed DD Form 3150† "VISITOR CERTIFICATION OF VACCINATION."
Upon arrival at an NRL facility, visitors must present a completed and signed DD Form 3150†  indicating their current vaccination status selected from the following options:
Fully Vaccinated
  • Visitors are considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTECH or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving single dose of a one-dose vaccine ( e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
Not Yet Fully Vaccinated
  • Visitors who received their first dose of Moderna or Pfizer and the second is scheduled, or visitors who received their final dose less than two weeks prior to the visit.
Not Vaccinated
  • Visitors who have not received any COVID-19 vaccinations
Decline to Respond
  • Any visitor who indicates they are Not Yet Fully Vaccinated, Not Vaccinated, or Declines to Respond will, in addition to presenting the DD 3150† , be required to provide a valid negative COVID-19 test result dated no more than 72 hours prior to the visit or they will be denied entry.
† Visitor Control will also have copies of the DD 3150 Form available.

Visitor Procedures (Continued): 
  • All NRL Official Visitors*†  will be required to maintain a current and completed DD Form 3150 within their possession and be able to present to authorized DoD personnel upon request. Failure to complete and show the DD Form 3150 to NRL Visitor Control at the time of the access request may result in denial of access. Visitor Control will provide blank DD Form 3150s to prospective visitors upon request.

  • Official visitors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or who decline to volunteer their COVID vaccination status, must show an electronic or paper copy of negative results from an FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 test administered no earlier than 72 hours prior to their visit.

  • NRL will NOT provide COVID-19 testing to visitors.
* 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.
Note: 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
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is following updated COVID-19 guidance provided by the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy.

Requirements for Entering Visitor Control:  Applies to all visitors and visitor sponsors, prior to entry to any NRL facility, including the Visitor Center (Bldg. 72).

1.) No more than 10 people in the lobby at one time.
2.) Masks and social distancing are required at all times. 

NOTE: Although, in accordance with CDC guidance, mask wear for fully immunized personnel (two weeks beyond final dose) may no longer be required indoors or outdoors at DoD facilities; NRL Visitor Control is a high traffic area and masks are still required. 

3.) Must successfully answer the CUSFF/NAVNORTH COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire found here.

a.) You are not currently experiencing any of the following symptoms, that you cannot attribute to another health condition
• Fever (100.0°F) or sense of having a fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Chills
• Sore throat
• Muscle aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell

b.) Have not been recently tested for the COVID-19 virus with a positive or pending result within the last 14 days
c.) Have not had close contact with someone suspected or confirmed of COVID 19 within the last 14 days.
d.) Are not arriving/returning from out of the local area in the last 14 days. (see #4).

4.) Completed restriction of movement (ROM) for the minimum 10 days if arriving/returning from out of the local area. (see #5).
5.) ROM requirement is waived if fully immunized. 

If a visitor is unable to answer the questionnaire successfully, please call or email Visitor Control in advance at (202) 767-2996, or via email at for additional guidance.

Face Covering and Close Contacts Guidance:  Updated [5/25/2021]

Fully immunized individuals are not required to wear facemasks or physically distance from others.  Exceptions are that facemasks are still required for all medical and dental personnel when providing health care and for all individuals undergoing travel aboard public transportation to join a crew already underway, regardless of immunization status.

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.

All DoD personnel should continue to comply with CDC guidance regarding areas where masks should be worn. Personnel who are not fully vaccinated should continue to follow applicable DoD mask guidance, including continuing to wear masks indoors. The Department will review and revise all applicable Force Health Protection guidance to address the new CDC guidelines. 

Until this updated Force Health Protection guidance is issued, commanders and supervisors may make exceptions to this memorandum as necessary to ensure a safe workforce. Commanders and supervisors should not ask about an employee's vaccination status or use information about an employee's vaccination status to make decisions about how and when employees will report to a workplace instead of teleworking.

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.

CAC and ID updates: The NRL-DC CAC office will be open every weekday from 7 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required for any services other than a PIN reset; please call 202-404-6179 to confirm availability. If your CAC will expire soon, you may be able to renew it remotely. To ensure DOD ID card offices are postured to maintain continuity of operations and to minimize the number of non-essential visits to DoD ID card offices, the Department has enabled a temporary capability to allow cardholders to update their certificates on soon-to-expire Common Access Cards (CACs) and Volunteer Logical Access Credentials (VoLACs). For more information, visit or the NRL intranet.

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:

Additional resources and information can be found at:, or