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U.S. Naval Academy Coronavirus Guidance

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.

Spring Semester

The Brigade of Midshipmen will return from winter break between January 10-15 in staggered waves. 

Midshipmen must make every effort to obtain a COVID-19 test in the five days prior to their return to USNA and must bring a copy of their negative result with them upon their return. Those who receive a positive test at that time will inform their chain of command, follow local public health guidance, and await further instructions from Brigade Medical. 

Midshipmen will return to USNA in one of six groups over six days. Upon their return to Annapolis, midshipmen who were unable to obtain a PCR test prior to return will receive a PCR test for COVID-19. All returning midshipmen will enter a restriction of movement (ROM), and receive a repeat PCR test for COVID-19 10 days later. Once all repeat test results are back for a given group, midshipmen will exit ROM. 

Classes will commence remotely on Jan. 19; every effort will be made to resume in-person classes safely upon completion of ROM.

In order to maintain enough quarantine/isolation/ROM space in Bancroft Hall for the spring semester, the decision has been made to execute a “friends and family” lodging option in accordance with the Superintendent’s letter linked below, which was sent to families, sponsors, and friends. 

Visitor Restrictions

(Updated 9/17/20)  As a precautionary measure, and in response to the world and nationwide spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Naval Academy is closed to public visitation.  Access is limited to USNA and NSAA personnel, residents, and DoD Official Business only.  Approved guests (sponsors/parents) are allowed transient, limited access to the Yard (pick up/drop off of midshipmen during liberty hours, or to deliver/ drop off items for Midshipmen.)

Sponsors/parents must remain with their vehicles.  Sponsors/parents may park in legal parking spaces onboard USNA or wait temporarily in approved loading/unloading areas.  Any other interactions between sponsors/parents and midshipmen or staff are prohibited.  

Face coverings (masks) are required in accordance with DOD policies.

Gate 3 will be accessible via turnstile only; Gate 1 will be open for vehicular access from 6 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.; the Visitor Access Center will be open for pedestrian access for CAC/DBIDS holders from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Gate 8 will remain open for CAC/DBIDS holders 24-hours a day.

DoD/DoN Guidance

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.

Midshipman Updates

USNA team,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, my #1 priority has been, and will remain, safeguarding the health and safety of our midshipmen, faculty, staff, and our extended Naval Academy Community here in the Annapolis area. As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, this priority has remained at the forefront of my decision-making process as my leadership team developed a set of guidelines for the upcoming holiday period. You can read those guidelines here.

V/r, VADM Buck

The brigade is receiving regular communication from the Commandant of Midshipmen, as well as midshipman leadership, on guidance, expectations, and requirements of them during this time. All midshipmen are required to provide daily accountability by 12:00 p.m. EDT, as well as check in with their chain of command and communicate any changes in health, difficulties in virtual studies, or other challenges that may arise. 


Communication sent to the campus community about the coronavirus outbreak is provided below.

Parent Updates

The health and well-being of our midshipmen remains our top priority, as we continue to assess the situation and prepare for any contingency. All communication sent to the parent community about the coronavirus outbreak will be provided below.


Cancellations and Modifications

Worship Services 

(Updated 3/17/20) Effective immediately, due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all *public worship services held at the United States Naval Academy are canceled until further notice. 

Additionally, the Main Chapel and crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment. We hope to resume providing support to a variety of faith communities in the near future.

*Funerals and weddings are private services


The Memorial Affairs coordinator is reaching out directly to the family point of contact for previously-scheduled funerals and committals.  


Wedding coordinators and catering staff will reach out to points of contact for spring events.

Crypt of John Paul Jones

Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the crypt of John Paul Jones will be closed to public visitation until further notice. We will revisit this decision on a regular basis based on the health protection environment.

Visitor Center, Gift Shop, and Public Tours

Out of concern due to the Coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily closed the Naval Academy Visitor’s Center (which includes the Gift Shop) and discontinued our public tours. We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future. 

Retail Services

(Updated 01/21) Out of concern due to the coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily modified services at the following:

  • 1845 Coffee Shop (open for TO GO services) (Monday – Friday 0700-1400 & Saturday - Sunday 0900 - 1600)
  • Nimitz Library Coffee Shop (closed) 
  • Drydock Restaurant (open for TO GO lunch, snacks and sweets menu available; Monday - Friday 1030 – 1500)
  • Steerage (closed)
  • The Alley Restaurant (closed)
  • Midshipmen Store (Open to Midshipmen, faculty & staff for selected times through the month of January)*  
  • Uniform Store (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600) (410-293-2906)
  • 5th Wing Dry Cleaning (closed) 
  • Laundry (open to midshipmen only)
  • Barbershop (open Monday – Friday with limited hours; by appointment only – 410-293-3200)
  • Repair Tailor Shop (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600)
  • Cobbler Shop (open Monday – Friday 0730-1600) (410-293-3474)
  • Midshipmen Computer Repair Center (open by appointment only - 410-293-5482)
  • Warehouse (open for deliveries)
  • Brigade Sports Complex (closed – email for latest info)
  • Club at Greenbury Point (closed for the season)
*Not Open on Federal Holidays.

We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future.

Office of Admissions 

(Updated 11/16/20) The United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the ongoing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. In looking forward to our programming for June 2021, we plan to host  traditional experiences for both Summer Seminar and Summer STEM, providing students with an on-campus experience and a glimpse of life at the Naval Academy.  The applications are open at U.S. Naval Academy Summer Programs Applications. Program fees are $650.00 for Summer Seminar and $900.00 for Summer STEM. Keep in mind, as always, need-based scholarships are available for both the program fee and travel.

Our intent in conducting both Summer Seminar and STEM Camp next summer is to provide a safe, Coronavirus (COVID-19)-free environment for all attendees as well as the faculty, staff and midshipmen who will be conducting both programs.  While USNA remains a low-risk area for the COVID-19, we are continuing to assess this dynamic and evolving situation closely to prepare for any contingency.  When we are assured that we have established sound protocols that reflect the most current CDC, Federal, and State guidelines we will communicate them, and in a timely manner to allow parents and attendees to make informed, safe decisions concerning both programs. 

We appreciate the continued patience as we monitor this ongoing situation in the coming months. For now, we encourage students to check out the details at USNA Summer Programs and look to apply online. The applications for both Summer Seminar and Summer STEM are free and are open. Applications close on March 31, 2021. 

In the meantime, stay connected through our Admissions website at and social media sites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.  Additionally, our staff is available daily, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST via live chat from the “Contact Us” chat widget on our Admissions website.

Please stay safe during this unprecedented time.

(Updated 9/10/20) The following correspondence from U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions Bruce Latta has been provided to all Class of 2025 candidates and prospective candidates:

At the United States Naval Academy, we are aware of the barriers caused by COVID-19 and likewise the disruptions for students who plan to apply for admission. Therefore, for students applying for admission to the Class of 2025, the Office of Admissions will follow a “test flexible” policy, and we will review applications with or without standardized test scores. Students who have attempted and have not been able to take college entrance examinations (i.e. SAT or ACT) due to cancellation, unavailability, other extenuating circumstance, or who have taken a test and are seeking an opportunity to retake will not be disqualified from consideration.  If you are seeking consideration for admission without college entrance examinations, we will ask you to provide supporting information concerning test availability, cancellation, etc. The USNA Admissions Board remains committed to a process which has proven to be a fair assessment of the “whole student”, where academic rigor, life experiences, unique circumstances, volunteer work, and leadership ability and attributes will continue to be evaluated.

Please note, we are extending our deadline for students to complete their applications from January 31, 2021 to February 28, 2021. Additionally, as you may have read in previous correspondences, we are fully aware that, with schools shifting to virtual learning, many students will have pass/fail grades in their courses on their transcripts for last spring semester and this fall semester. Equally important, many have been unable to participate in both non-athletic and athletic activities. In this case, we are asking students to include those activities that they would have participated in during the spring semester as well as senior year in their application and to make comments as to how COVID-19 has impacted participation. Our Admissions Board is made up of faculty and staff who have many years of experience working with students in a variety of capacities, and who are trained to evaluate student records and demonstrated drive and commitment, even in unprecedented times. 

The United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions staff is standing by ready assist you during this admissions cycle. 

If you have any general admissions questions feel free to write us at or call 410-293-1858.

(Updated 3/24/20) The U.S. Naval Academy Office of Admissions continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Based on what is currently known, the vast majority of young people recover without medical issues. In this context, there are no plans to deny admission to individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and recover.  If your healthcare provider recommends being tested, we strongly encourage you to follow their advice, without worrying that your testing will impact your ability to accession as a Midshipman.

Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, United States Naval Academy Office of Admissions is reducing or postponing our external outreach efforts, including staff travel to many communities nation-wide, through at least mid-April. Large group events such as Candidate Visit Weekends for juniors and seniors as well as a Centers of Influence Conference previously scheduled in March and April have been postponed as well. Additionally we have temporarily suspended face-to-face briefings in our office. We will make determinations weekly regarding engagements in the remainder of April and May. We hope to resume our normal outreach efforts as soon as the national situation improves.

In the meantime, the Office of Admissions remains fully operational. We are providing the Admissions Brief virtually in lieu of face-to-face public briefings. The brief is available online at Youtubewhich will be accompanied by a live chat with Admissions staff for questions and answers from 10:00am until 11:00am, Eastern Time and from 2:00pm until 3:00pm, Eastern Time Monday through Saturday. The live chat will be accessible from the “Contact Us” chat widget available on our Admissions website.

You are still able to contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 410-293-1858, by email at, via our social media (listed below), or via our website.

Admissions information materials may also be found on our website.

USNA remains open, and we continue to monitor and assess this dynamic situation. Please check the USNA Admissions website and social media (Facebook, InstagramTwitter) regularly for updates.

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