Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to spread and is an increasing force health protection threat worldwide. The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) is closely monitoring and preparing for any impacts to our mission. Our multidisciplinary COVID-19 Working Group is meeting regularly to monitor and mitigate impacts to our mission. While USNA remains a low-risk area, we will continue to assess the situation closely and remain prepared for any contingency.
As this is a dynamic situation, this page will provide timely information on the evolving outbreak, as well as actions the Naval Academy is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please check back regularly for recommendations and instructions for midshipmen, faculty and staff.
General visitors are only allowed to walk onto the installation between general visiting hours (sunrise to 7 p.m.), with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security REAL I.D. Act compliant government photo I.D. card, U.S. or foreign passport. For more information on visitor access policy and procedures, please visit https://www.usna.edu/Visit/index.php.
Mask Wear Policy
Based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Under Secretary of Defense released a memorandum on 1 March 2022 - “ Updated Guidance for Mask and Screening Testing for all Department of Defense Installations and Other Facilities".
This document outlines that “when the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is low in the county where a DoD installation or facility is located, indoor mask-wearing is not required for DoD personnel or visitors.”
Based on - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html - Anne Arundel County’s Community Level is LOW.
Effective immediately, indoor mask wear is NOT required for DoD personnel or visitors at the Naval Academy.
Individuals may still choose to wear masks at their own discretion, and health protection measures for confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts remain unchanged. For this reason, Individuals should continue to carry a mask on their person, as a contingency, should wear be required situationally.
ServicesWhile the Yard is open to the general public, please understand that many of our retail business areas (tours, restaurants, stores, etc.) are not staffed at full capacity. Like many other local businesses, it will take time for our operations to return to normal.The Naval Academy is excited to host visitors and asks that everyone remain patient as we increase our staffing levels to better serve you.
In addition to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Naval Academy is following amplified guidance put forth by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Response
- Maryland Department of Public Health
- Department of Defense: Coronavirus Response
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Explained (video)
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Guidance