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.
(This information is current as of 3/19/21 until further notice) 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.
Those who may have approved credentials to access the Yard -- such as sponsors, parents, active/Reserve/retired military -- shall refrain from visiting the Naval Academy, even to drop off deliveries, at this time in order to minimize the spread of this virus.
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.
Health Protection Condition
As a reminder, NSAA and USNA reverted to HPCON C on 20 November and while the County Executive recently announced modifications to activities in Anne Arundel County, outlined below my signature block, active duty members assigned to NSAA and USNA must follow policy delineated by U.S. Fleet Forces Command through Naval District Washington.
**These restrictions do not apply on the Installation for services/activities that have been approved to re-open using decoupling/re-opening procedures based on the mission of the Naval Academy...this includes, but is not limited to, academics and athletics.
Government civilians, family members, and contract employees are strongly encouraged to comply with this same guidance.
USFFC Execute Order 020-032 (DTG: 132156Z AUGG 20)
NDW HPCON Charlie Transition Order (202349Z NOV 20)
Force Health Protection (FHP) Measures
- Who: Navy/USMC Military – All Hands; DoD civilians, contractors, and family members – “strongly encouraged”
- When applicable:
- Until installation is lowered to HPCON B, or specific base services “decoupled” and approved through regional commander and CUSFFC
- On and off base**
- Restrictions/Measures apply even if more stringent than local guidance
- Restrictions/Measures apply even if state depicted as “GREEN” on Advana/My Navy Portal Travel Tracker
- Guidance to Service Members (HPCON Charlie Measures)
- Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others; to the maximum extent practical, wear cloth face coverings when you are in close contact with others and unable to maintain six feet of physical distance. (The President recently followed up this guidance with an Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing)
- To the maximum extent possible do not gather in groups of over 10 people**.
- Limit travel to/from place of residence/work and limit travel for essential business (food, medical, pharmacy, gas, and child care services).
- Members may attend religious services and places of worship provided they comply with mitigation measures (6 feet distancing, wear mask, and comply with local guidance).
- Service members are prohibitedfrom visiting, patronizing, or engaging in the following off-installation specific facilities, services, or activities. [Note: Service members are authorized to visit, patronize, or engage in the use of all facilities and services that are open onboard an installation]
- Recreational swimming pools**, gyms**, fitness facilities**, exercise classes**, saunas, spas, and salons
- Tattoo/body art/piercing parlors
- Barber shops**, hair** or nail salons, and massage parlors
- Participation in team/organized sports**
- Dine-in restaurants (take-out authorized),bars, night clubs, casinos, conferences**, sporting events**, concerts**, public celebrations, parades**, public beaches, amusement parks or other events designed to promote large gatherings.
- Outdoor recreation, where a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Non-essential commercial retail establishments and shopping malls.
- To the maximum extent practical, minimizeunnecessary in-person use of the following services and activities:
- Use of mass transit (bus, rail, or ferry)
- Auto repair, maintenance, and annual inspection.
- Curb-side and drive through services
- In-home domestic services (home maintenance/repair and lawn services).
- Banking services
- Pet care and veterinary services
- Post office
- Laundry services, dry cleaning
- In-residence gatherings shall include no more than ten (10) guests that do not reside in the residence.
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.
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.
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- December 29, 2020 - Superintendent’s Letter to Families, Sponsors, and Friends
- Nov. 20, 2020 - Superintendent's Message to Brigade and USNA Family
- Nov. 6, 2020 - Superintendent's letter regarding Thanksgiving
- Aug. 8, 2020 - Midshipmen to Return to Annapolis for Fall Semester
- May 18, 2020 - Naval Academy Class of 2020 Virtual Commissioning
- May 7, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 6
- April 23, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 5
- April 14, 2020 - Letter from the Academic Dean to the Brigade on Pass/Fail Decision
- April 10, 2020 - Superintendent's Message on Commissioning Week 2020
- April 7, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 4
- March 30, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 3
- March 27, 2020 - MEMORANDUM FOR ALL USNA MIDSHIPMEN
- March 27, 2020 - Letter from the Academic Dean to the Brigade On Pass/Fail
- March 25, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 2
- March 20, 2020 - Brigade Medical Unit Newsletter Vol. 1
- March 18, 2020 - MEMORANDUM FOR ALL USNA MIDSHIPMEN
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.
- March 25, 2020 - Superintendent and CMC Q&A
- March 19, 2020 - A Message from the Superintendent on COVID-19
- March 12, 2020 - Email from the Superintendent
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.
- November 12, 2020 - Superintendent's message on additional COVID-19 precautions
- August 10, 2020 - Class of 2022 Parents Weekend
- April 10, 2020 - Superintendent's Message on Commissioning Week 2020
- March 12, 2020 - Letter to Parents
- 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
Cancellations and Modifications
(This information remains current as of 3/19/21 until further notice) 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.
(Updated 04/6) Out of concern due to the coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily modified services at the following:
- 1845 Coffee: Midstore (Open Monday - Friday 0730 - 2100, Saturday 0900 - 1600, Sunday 0900 - 1400)
- 1845 Coffee: Gatehouse (Monday - Friday 0700 - 1000)
- Nimitz Library Coffee Shop (closed)
- Drydock Restaurant (closed)
- The Alley Restaurant (TO GO Services Monday - Friday 1100 - 1400)
- Midshipmen Store (Monday- Friday 0730-1600 & Saturday 0900-1600)*
- Uniform Store (open Monday – Friday 0730-1200 & 1245-1600) (410-293-2906)
- 5th Wing Dry Cleaning (Monday - Friday 0730 - 1200 & 1230-1600) (410-293-2898)
- Self Serve Laundry (open to midshipmen only)
- Barbershop (Monday – Friday 0730 - 1145 & 1230 - 1530) (410-293-3200)
- Repair Tailor Shop (Monday – Friday 0730-1600) (410-293-3758)
- Cobbler Shop (Monday – Friday 0730-1600) (410-293-3474)
- Midshipmen Computer Repair Center (Monday - Friday 0730 - 1600) (410-293-5482)
- Warehouse (open for deliveries)
Brigade Sports Complex (closed – email email@example.com for latest info)
Club at Greenbury Point (Reopening April 15)
We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future.
Office of Admissions
(This information remains current as of 3/11/21 until further notice) After closely and carefully monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus nationally, we have made the decision to host the 2021 Summer Seminar and Summer STEM Camp virtually. This decision was made in order to protect the health and welfare of our summer program attendees, as well as our midshipmen, faculty and staff for each program. It is also necessary to move these programs to a virtual format for 2021 in order to enable the Naval Academy to safely prepare for the induction of the incoming Class of 2025.
We are excited to offer enhanced programming built upon the virtual experience of 2020’s Summer Seminar and STEM Camp. This year, STEM Camp participants will receive USNA STEM kits to support engagement during the academic modules. Additionally, participants for both programs will receive USNA apparel and promotional items specific to their program.
Keep in mind the applications for both programs remain open until March 31, 2021 at https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php. We will begin sending selection notifications via email on a rolling basis. Our intent is to notify all applicants of their status before the end of April 2021.
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