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 DoD Force Health Protection Guidance Rev 4 on January 31, 2023, 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 SEVERE, indoor mask-wearing is required for all Service members, DoD civilian employees, onsite DoD contractor personnel (collectively, “DoD personnel”). Limit Visitor access to buildings for only mission essential activities. 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.
- When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM, indoor mask-wearing is not required for DoD personnel or visitors.
- When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is LOW, indoor mask-wearing is not required for DoD personnel or visitors.
Additional Visitor Details
Close contacts and symptomatic personnel: Close contacts identified through contact tracing or exposure must wear a mask around others indoors for 10 days, even if mask wearing is not otherwise required by DOD guidance.
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.
FEMA-related guidance on COVID-19 (e.g. hurricanes, assistance, etc.): https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus
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.
Contracting: For information on contracting with the Department of the Defense (DOD) and COVID-19, please visit: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/cpic/cp/docs/COVID-19/Contracting_with_DoD_...
For information on COVID-19 and the U.S. Government’s response, please visit the Centers for Disease Control at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.
Additional resources and information can be found at: https://coronavirus.gov, or https://usa.gov/coronavirus.