Our COVID-19 Response

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory's COVID-19 Strategy

The COVID-19 global pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has required Naval Nuclear Laboratory to develop rapid and innovative approaches to performing our essential mission in support of the U.S. Navy. Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s objective is to continue performing essential work while caring for the well-being of our outstanding workforce and visitors to Naval Nuclear Laboratory sites and supporting the efforts taken by federal, state, and local public authorities. Specifically, Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s goals are to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and, consequently, maintain full support for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) by minimizing associated illnesses and quarantines.

This document summarizes the policies, practices, and expectations of Naval Nuclear Laboratory as to its subcontractors and visitors’ behavior at Naval Nuclear Laboratory’s four DOE locations during this unprecedented pandemic. Naval Nuclear Laboratory used guidance from the program medical team and industrial health experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Occupational Safety and Health Act recommendations, and peer-reviewed scientific literature to develop these guidelines aimed at enabling the continuing work for the NNPP while protecting the health and safety of all contractors and subcontractors.

The Naval Nuclear Laboratory's Actions and Requirements in Response to COVID-19

Social Distancing - Reduced on location staff presence, through flexible schedules and teleworking, to promote social distancing and continue to adjust staffing levels as current COVID-19 conditions warrant.

Common Areas - Meeting rooms and cafeterias will be managed based upon local conditions and adherence to the primary means to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Face Coverings – Naval Nuclear Laboratory requires all subcontractors or visitors to Naval Nuclear Laboratory locations to wear face coverings and disposable masks are available for those who forget theirs at home.

Site Entrance Screening - All of the Naval Nuclear Laboratory locations are conducting temperature and symptom screening upon arrival at each location to identify personnel who may be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or have come into contact with those experiencing symptoms.

Naval Nuclear Laboratory Technical Contact will share with you any additional COVID-19 actions or requirements based on our latest policies.

Improvements to Indoor Air Quality - Naval Nuclear Laboratory's HVAC engineering community has reviewed industry best practices identified since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Naval Nuclear Laboratory locations have taken actions, based on CDC and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines, to increase the amount of outside air supplied to buildings. Representatives from each location continue to review CDC and ASHRAE guidance to identify and implement system adjustments that may improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and combat the spread of infectious disease.

Naval Nuclear Laboratory Response to Subcontractors or Visitors Showing Symptoms – Naval Nuclear Laboratory Technical Contact for subcontractors or visitors must email the COVID Lead Team if they have a subcontractor or visitor who has COVID-19 symptoms, is getting tested due to showing symptoms or being directed by Naval Nuclear Laboratory or outside medical personnel, or lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Should someone test positive for COVID-19, the person will undergo contact tracing with the local Department of Health (DOH) and with trained contact tracers within Naval Nuclear Laboratory Human Resources (HR) to ensure that Naval Nuclear Laboratory understands the potential exposure within the workforce. This will initiate any cleaning actions that need to be taken and will begin contact tracing of the individual until they are permitted back at a Naval Nuclear Laboratory location. Contact tracing is an important aspect of controlling community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Expectations of You

Mitigating the effects of COVID-19 relies upon you and your day-to-day diligence. It is only through our collected efforts to protect ourselves and each other that we can all stay safe and healthy.

During Your Time Working at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory Site, You will be Asked to Adhere to the Following Guidelines


Stay at least six feet away from others unless engineered controls have been implemented


Wear a face covering whenever you could come within six feet of someone else. Your Naval Nuclear Laboratory Technical Contact will explain to you what is an acceptable face covering. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.


Answer truthfully the screening questions to assess your health and your potential risk to others. Take your own temperature before coming to a Naval Nuclear Laboratory location.


Stay home if you are sick or showing symptoms.