NAVAL ACADEMY TO RETURN TO HPCON A, PUBLIC VISITATION
POSTED ON: Monday, June 28, 2021 10:12 AM by firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis have been approved to transition out of HPCON B and into HPCON A; this change will go into effect Friday, July 2, at 7 a.m.
The transition to HPCON A, in conjunction with the end of Maryland’s State of Emergency, the Naval Academy will also re-open to general public visitation and normal access procedures.
HPCON A retains some basic health protection measures including social distancing for non-immunized personnel, however, it affords us the ability to return to a close-to-normal operations status. CDC and DoD guidance for mask wear and social distancing for non-immunized personnel remains in effect.
See below for updated access information:
Access (policy and procedures for public visitation on the Yard):
- 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. Visitors younger than 18 years old are allowed pedestrian access if they are accompanied by an adult with a valid REAL I.D. Act compliant I.D., U.S. or foreign passport. Guests arriving after general visiting hours for special functions must be able to explain their purpose for visiting, location of the event, or name and address of the resident they are visiting. General visitors will be screened with a magnetometer and have their bags X-rayed or visually inspected for contraband.
- General visitors with government-issued disability parking/placard license plates or placards may be granted vehicle access at Gate 1 and Gate 8 during FPCON Alpha and Bravo during general visiting hours (sunrise to 7 p.m.) and for special events. The individual with disabilities shall be in the vehicle and provide REAL I.D. Act compliant identification for identity proofing as listed on the Department of Homeland Security website (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id). The photo identification will be compared to the parking certification card that was issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) along with the issued disability parking/placard. The operator of the vehicle shall submit to a vehicle inspection at the Entry Control Point (ECP).
- General visitors arriving for a personal ceremony (funeral, retirement, etc.) by vehicle may be granted access at Gate 1 or Gate 8 but must provide a REAL ID Act compliant identification for identity proofing as listed on the Department of Homeland Security website (https://www.dhs.gov/real-id). The operator of the vehicle shall submit to a vehicle inspection at the Entry Control Point (ECP).
- While the Yard will soon open to the General Public, please understand that many of our retail business areas (tours, restaurants, stores, etc.) are not staffed at full capacity and may not be for several more weeks. Flexible employees make up an important part of our workforce and are just beginning to return to work post-COVID. However, like many other local businesses, it will take time for our employees to return and become reacquainted and retrained in the roles they will be filling. The U.S. Naval Academy is excited to host visitors and asks that everyone remain patient as we increase our staffing levels to better serve you.
July 4th traffic mitigations:
- Gate 1 will be closed to inbound and outbound vehicular traffic beginning at 6 p.m., July 4, until 6 a.m, July 5. All vehicles will use Gate 8.
- When exiting Gate 8, all vehicles will be required to turn right and cross the Naval Academy Bridge to reduce traffic exiting Annapolis.
- There will be a roadblock beginning at 6 p.m. until the conclusion of fireworks on Bronson Rd. next to the Sailing center. Traffic will not be allowed on Turner Joy Road.