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.
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.
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 27, 2020: Message to the Force - COVID-19 Response
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 034/20 dated Mar. 27, 2020: VECTOR 17
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 028/20 dated Mar. 20, 2020: VECTOR 16 AGILITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 025/20 dated Mar. 12, 2020: VECTOR 15 FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION GUIDANCE FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 11, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 4) - Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 10, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 3) - Department of Defense Guidance for the Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Non-Pharmeceutical Interventions during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak
- DoD Memorandum dated Feb. 25, 2020: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 2) - Department of Defense Guidance for Military Installation Commanders' Risk-Based Measured Responses to Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
(3/18/20) Given how rapidly the disease has spread and the response efforts locally, nationally, and within the DoD, the Superintendent announced Mar. 18 the decision to delay the return of the Brigade of Midshipmen from spring break until further notice, with the intent to start online/remote academic instruction on Friday, Mar. 20.
- 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.
Travel Guidance and Restrictions
In addition to travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Naval Academy is following amplified travel guidance and restrictions set by the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy.
- All Navy Message (ALNAV) 026/20 dated Mar. 14, 2020: OFFICIAL AND PERSONAL DOMESTIC TRAVEL FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION GUIDANCE FOR DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (CONUS TRAVEL GUIDANCE)
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions updated Mar. 14, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ - Update 2
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions updated Mar. 13, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ - Update 1
- DoD FAQ on Travel Restrictions dated Mar. 13, 2020: DoD Travel Restrictions FAQ
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 13, 2020: Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- DoD Memorandum dated Mar. 11, 2020: Travel Restrictions for DOD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- 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
- Department of Defense: Foreign Clearance Guidance
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Explained (video)
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Guidance
- Department of State: Travel Advisories
Cancellations and Modifications
(Updated 3/17/20) As a precautionary measure, and in response to the world and nationwide spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Naval Academy will temporarily close to visitors as of March 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. This restriction does not impact access for all authorized visitors, which includes USNA residents; faculty, staff, and coaches; Department of Defense-issued Common Access Card (CAC) ID card holders; dependent/retiree ID card holders; Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) card holders; or anyone conducting official business.
Individuals with CAC/DBIDS will retain base escort privileges.
Gate 3 will be accessible via turnstile only; all other gate hours remain unchanged.
(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.
(Updated 3/17/20) Out of concern due to the coronavirus, the Naval Academy Business Services Division has temporarily modified services at the following:
- 1845 Coffee Shop (closed)
- Nimitz Library Coffee Shop (closed)
- Drydock (closed)
- Steerage (closed)
- The Alley Restaurant (open to faculty and staff only for take/delivery only; Monday-Friday 1100-1400)
- Midshipmen Store (closed)
- Uniform Store (closed)
- 5th Wing Dry Cleaning (closed)
- Laundry (open to midshipmen only)
- Barbershop (limited hours; by appointment only)
- Repair Tailor Shop (closed)
- Cobbler Shop (closed)
- Midshipmen Computer Repair Center (open by appointment only)
- Warehouse (open for deliveries)
- Brigade Sports Complex (closed)
We are sincerely thankful to all of our patrons and we look forward to serving you in the near future.
Events on the Yard
(Updated 3/17/20) Due to current public health concerns associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following events have been canceled at the United States Naval Academy:
- Candidate Visit Weekend (Mar. 19-21) - postponed
- Distinguished Graduate Award Ceremony (Mar. 20) - postponed
- Pipes and Drums Concert (Mar. 20)
- Girls STEM (Mar. 21)
- Faculty Promotion and Tenure Ceremony (Mar. 26) - postponed
- McCain Conference (26-27 Mar.)
- Candidate Visit Weekend (Mar. 26-28) - postponed
- Safety at Sea Seminar (Mar. 27-29)
- Glee Club Concert (Mar. 27)
- Army-Navy Rugby (Mar. 28)
- Submarine Ball (Mar. 28)
- International Ball (Apr. 4)
- Admissions Center of Influence Visit (Apr. 5-8)
- Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (Apr. 7-9)
- Forrestal Lecture (Apr. 7)
Office of Admissions
(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 Youtube, which will be accompanied by a live chat with Admissions staff for questions and answers from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Saturday. The live chat will be accessible from the “Contact Us” chat widget available on our Admissions website.
Admissions information materials may also be found on our website.
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