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ALCOAST 211/20 COVID-19 TRAVEL AND LEAVE POLICY – UPDATE 2

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FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-DCMS-DPR//
TO ALCOAST
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ALCOAST 211/20
COMDTNOTE 6200
SUBJ:  COVID-19 TRAVEL AND LEAVE POLICY – UPDATE 2
A. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 202055 MAR 20/ALCOAST 098/20
B. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 200952 MAY 20/ALCOAST 180/20
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 231347 APR 20/ALCOAST 150/20
D. COVID-19 PLANORD (series) E. DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Management Memorandum 2 March 2020 F. DOD Foreign Clearance Guide

1. This ALCOAST cancels REF (A) and provides all Coast Guard (CG) members with updated travel and leave policy as it relates to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The intent of this ALCOAST is to assist unit commanders to preserve force readiness, accomplish CG missions, and to provide our members healthy outlets to improve mental health and work-life balance while remaining ready and resilient during these unprecedented times.

2. Domestic/Non-foreign Travel. All personnel must be aware of changing conditions in locations they intend to travel to and through when making travel decisions, whether that travel is local or across the country. The best way to access that information is through the state, local, tribal, or territorial public health authorities. The CDC maintains a link to all state and territorial health departments here: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html For questions or assistance in understanding this information, contact your local or nearest CG clinic. Health Safety and Work Life and CG Clinic contact information can be found at: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Portals/10/CG1/cg112/docs/pdf/HSWL%20Clinic%20POC%202019. rtf?ver=2019-10-10-144846-843.
  a. Official Travel.
      (1) Official travel within the U.S. is authorized for essential, time-sensitive missions, understanding that the number of time-sensitive missions will increase the longer travel restrictions are in place.  The unit CO/OIC or first O-6 in the chain-of-command must balance risk-to-mission and risk-to-member before authorizing official travel.         
      (2) FORCECOM units are at varying stages of returning to full operating capability. FORCECOM will resume readiness activities as the situation allows.  For the current status of all FORCECOM readiness activities (AIA, Exercise Support, Class “A” and “C” schools), refer to Ref (F).  Waiver or cancellation requests for “A” or “C” schools due to COVID-19 travel concerns require approval from the first O-6 or GS-15 in the chain-of-command.
      (3) SELRES and IRR. IAW REF (C), The performance of IDT and ADT-AT remain mission essential activities ensuring individual mobilization and unit readiness to respond to contingencies.  However, Commands are encouraged to provide maximum flexibility to their Reserve members, while balancing operational readiness with exposure risk, especially those Reservists who travel from outside of the reasonable commuting distance to their units in order to minimize exposure and maximize readiness if activation is required.
  b. Leave/Leisure Travel.
      (1) Military Personnel, including Reservists on Active Duty are authorized local travel while on leave or liberty. For the purposes of this message, local travel is defined by the CO/OINC or first O-6/GS-15 in the chain-of-command and should be informed by and generally aligned with state and local jurisdictional posture. Travel outside of these locally defined zones while on leave or liberty must be discussed with and approved by the CO/OINC or first O-6/GS-15 in the chain-of-command. When considering requests to travel beyond the local area, Commands should weigh all risk factors including state and local government posture at the destination, mode of transportation, planned activities, lodging, and precautions taken by the requesting traveler. Members are reminded to follow CDC guidelines for safe interactions in public whenever on leave or liberty.
      (2) All members are reminded to follow CDC travel advisories that provide information about travel conditions.

3. Foreign Travel. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is issuing Travel Health Notices (THNs) for impacted locations. A list of THNs can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/
  a. Official Foreign Travel. IAW REF (E), CG official travel for all employees to locations that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or higher THN is restricted to only mission essential, time-sensitive work that cannot be handled via distance or remote means. For any official foreign travel, Commanding Officers/Commanders should assess the risk to mission using the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart (REF D, Enclosure 2). Personnel who are permanently stationed in a foreign country shall follow the guidance of the cognizant Department of Defense/Combatant Command (DOD/CCMD) or Departmentof State (DOS) Chief of Mission (COM), as applicable.
  b. Leave/Leisure Travel.
      (1) Military Personnel, including Reservists on Active Duty. Leave travel to or through foreign countries or territories is prohibited, to include leave that was previously approved. In extenuating circumstances, members may request a waiver, with final approval authority at the first Flag Officer/SES in their chain of command. For personnel stationed overseas, follow the guidance of the cognizant DOD/CCMD or DOS/COM, as applicable.
      (2) Civilian Personnel, Reservists not on orders, Dependents, Auxiliarists, and Non-Appropriated Fund Personnel (NAF). Leave or leisure travel to or through foreign countries or territories is highly discouraged. Consult the CDC and DOS travel advisory websites prior to making any decision.
  c. Requirements. Commands and personnel are reminded to strictly adhere to the requirements of REF (F) in requesting and approving any foreign travel.
  d. Contractors. Contract personnel that have traveled (or plan to travel) to or through foreign countries or territories are required to notify their Contracting Officer’s Representative.
  e. Returning from foreign travel. IAW CDC Guidance, All personnel returning from foreign travel to a country with an active CDC travel advisory should quarantine at home for 14 days.  Refer to Ref (D) Enclosure (8), Commander’s Quarantine and Isolation Procedures Guide (Q&I Guide) for required quarantine procedures. The Q&I Guide provides direction for quarantine of military and civilian members, those living in CG-owned housing, and members living aboard cutters.
  f. CG military and civilian employees who reside in CG-owned housing, who fall under this paragraph are to remain in their home or quarters, per CDC government-wide guidelines and 5 U.S.C. 7106 (a)(2)(D) for 14 days. During this time, military personnel are subject to a Restriction Of Movement (ROM) and:
      (1) Will be assessed daily for fever and symptoms by cognizant CG medical staff via phone consultation, coordinated through the nearest CG clinic. Members will not come into clinics.
      (2) Will self-monitor for the onset of fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing.  If these symptoms develop, CG military personnel are to contact their unit leadership and the cognizant CG medical staff by phone for further direction. Members who are experiencing a medical emergency should always contact a medical authority first (e.g., 911).          (3) Will separate themselves from other people in the home/quarters if residing with roommates/family members and avoid sharing personal items; where separation is not feasible, alternate quarters will be provided as described in Enclosure 8 of Ref (D).
  g. Dependents of CG personnel and guests. Members whose dependents reside in CG-owned housing must notify the local housing officer/authority if their dependents or guests return from a location that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or higher THN.
  h. Auxiliary. Auxiliary members returning from personal travel from or through a location that the CDC has issued a Level 2 or higher THN are prohibited from participating in CG activities or visiting CG units during a period of 14-days following the return from travel. After the mandatory 14-day period, Auxiliary members should continue to use the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart (REF D, Enclosure 2) to determine suitability to participate in CG activities and visit CG units.

4. PCS travel. For guidance on PCS travel refer to latest PCS & HHG SITREP ALCOAST.

5. The CG maintains a website with authoritative documents, frequently asked questions, and a link to submit your questions. This site is updated continuously and should be referenced first, and often: https://www.uscg.mil/Coronavirus/.

6. CG-1 will update this guidance via future SITREPs as the situation develops.

7. RADM P. F. Thomas, Deputy for Personnel Readiness, sends.

8. Internet release is authorized.