NEWS | March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Guidance

By Department of Defense [Updated 7/29/2021]

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