May 5, 2020 —
A46 (formerly H1) Q: Are enclosed mass gatherings related to mission-essential work authorized?
A: Yes. Mass gatherings related to mission-essential work are necessary and authorized. This may include holding quarters on a cutter, conducting a navigation brief, or manning a small boat station; each of these gatherings is essential to carry out high-priority Coast Guard missions.
A47 (formerly H2) Q: What things should be considered when holding an enclosed-space mass gathering in accordance with normal Coast Guard customs and operations?
A: Events of any size should only be continued if they can be conducted by protecting vulnerable participants, observing social distancing, and taking the proper hand washing procedures. On March 16, the President recommended that all events of 10 or more people be cancelled or held virtually. That notice, along with other mitigation strategies, can be found here. However, mass gatherings related to mission-essential work are necessary and authorized.
A48 (formerly H3) Q: We would like to have an inside gathering at our unit. What should I consider to evaluate risk?
A: FORCECOM has created an Enclosed Space Mass Gathering Risk Assessment Tool to help units make decisions about hosting gatherings. The assessment tool can be found on the COVID-19 Community of Practice page.