COVID-19 | Feb. 4, 2021

ALCOAST 040/21 - COVID-19: USCG COVID-19 SAFE WORKPLACE GUIDANCE

R 022150Z FEB 21
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
TO ALCOAST

UNCLAS
ALCOAST 040/21
SSIC 5100
SUBJ:  COVID-19: USCG COVID-19 SAFE WORKPLACE GUIDANCE
A. EO 13991 Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring
Mask-Wearing
B. OMB Memorandum on COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace: Agency
Model Safety Principles M-21-15
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 061552 APR 20/ALCOAST 124/20
D. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 171929 APR 20/ALCOAST 144/20
E. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 091320 DEC 20/ALCOAST 445/20
F. Health, Safety and Work-Life Service Center Technical 
Directive 2020-006
G. USCG Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning Order
H. COVID-19 Restriction of Movement and Testing Information & Guide
I. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 101442 JUL 20/ALCOAST 268/20
J. FORCECOM COVID-19 Response: Home ROM for Training
K. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 021304 NOV 20/ALCOAST 396/20
1. The health and safety of our workforce remains the 
highest priority of Coast Guard Leadership and of the
Administration as articulated in REF (B). This message 
reinforces existing Coast Guard guidance for standard 
COVID-19 safe workplace practices and the use of face 
masks to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and 
aligns with REFs (A) and (B).
2. Units should strive to comply with the intent of 
REFs (A) and (B) to the best extent feasible without 
negatively impacting Coast Guard operations or mission 
effectiveness or other military functions. For the sake 
of complying with the intent of REFs (A) and (B) “Federal 
buildings” within Coast Guard control include buildings, 
or office space within buildings, that are owned, rented, 
or leased by the Coast Guard. It does not apply to 
operational assets such as cutters, small boats, and 
aircraft; or operational workspaces like watch or command 
centers. 
3. COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plans. REF (B) requires 
the development of tailored COVID-19 Workplace Safety 
Plans by the agency only. REF (F) and the COMDT (CG-OEM-2)
COVID-19 Community of Practice CGPORTAL webpage serve 
as the USCG workplace safety plan and meet the requirements
of REF (B). The most current versions can be found on the 
CGPORTAL at: 
https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/cgcpe2/Pages/HomeCOP.aspx.
4. Telework and remote work. REF (B) articulates as a 
general principle telework and remote work should be 
maximized and workplace capacity limited during periods 
of high community transmission. CO/OIC’s should review 
local facility occupancy measures and limits along with 
community virus transmission factors in determining the 
maximum level of telework and remote work feasible in 
light of operational considerations. Workspaces, including 
spaces within federal buildings, where personnel must be 
on-site in order to meet operational requirements (Command 
Centers, SCIF, etc.) are exempt from capacity limits; however 
other mitigation strategies must be utilized to minimize the 
risk of transmission. When determining occupancy limits the 
entire building capacity limit should be used, while taking 
workspace configuration into consideration. In addition to 
telework and remote work, other community spread mitigation 
efforts like the use of flexible work schedules designed to 
maximize social distancing may be used to meet the intent of 
this section. The CDC COVID Data Tracker County View, Community 
Profile Report provides a comprehensive view of all community 
COVID transmission factors and can be useful to Commanders in 
assessing community transmission levels. The report can be 
downloaded at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/
#community-profile-report.
5. COVID-19 Coordination Team. The CG COVID Crisis Action
Team (CCAT) was stood up in mid-spring 2020 as part of 
the overall CG pandemic response and meets the requirement 
in REF (B) to establish an agency level coordination team.
6. Face Coverings. In accordance with REFs (A) and (B), 
all persons visiting Federal buildings or on Federal lands 
are required to wear face masks consistent with CDC guidelines. 
Additionally, all on-duty or on-site Federal employees, and 
on-site Federal contractors, are required to wear face masks 
consistent with CDC guidelines. This policy updates guidance 
in REFs (C), (D) and (E). It is critical that CO’s/OIC’s 
ensure all employees, on-site contractors, and visitors 
to Federal workplaces are aware of the requirement to comply 
with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing face masks. 
The following specific requirements apply:
   a. Masks should be worn consistently. Masks should be 
worn in any common areas or shared workspaces (including 
open floorplan office space, cubicle embankments, and 
conference rooms) when 6ft physical distancing cannot be 
maintained. Masks should also be worn in outdoor shared 
spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
   b. Commanders should take this opportunity to review 
their Unit Infection Control Plans per REF (F) to ensure 
that local face mask guidance is current and properly 
employed as part of a comprehensive infection control plan. 
The Technical Directive is at: 
https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/hswlsc/SafeEvHealth/Pages/
COVID-19-Infection-Control-Plan.aspx.
   c. Exceptions to this guidance are authorized consistent 
with CDC guidelines, for example when an individual is alone 
in an office, or for a limited time when eating or drinking 
and maintaining physical distancing.
7. In combination with the Presidential Executive Order, 
the guidance in REFs (C), (D) and (E) remain in effect. 
This includes the prohibition of face masks with exhalation 
valves/vents and the prohibition of single layer neck gaiters. 
CDC guidelines and recommendations can be found here: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/
cloth-face-cover-guidance.html.
8. Testing. REF (B) requires the CDC to develop a testing plan 
for the Federal workforce. Until that guidance is available, 
REF (H) should be used.
9. Contact tracing. REF (I) codifies and defines the Coast 
Guard COVID-19 contact tracing program. Links to current 
guidance are also located on the COMDT (CG-OEM-2) COVID-19
Community of Practice CGPORTAL provided earlier in this message.
10. Travel. CDC travel guidelines regarding mask wear and
other travel risk mitigation measures should be strictly 
followed in all cases of travel regardless if travel is 
for personal or official government business. As per REF 
(J), FORCECOM may require additional more stringent procedures 
by members attending close contact training or those who 
traveled from high risk areas as defined by the CDC. REF (K) 
provides Coast Guard specific additional guidance on COVID-19 
travel policies and guidance.
11. Symptom Monitoring. CDC Symptom Monitoring guidelines 
and processes should be adapted by CO/OIC’s based upon 
local conditions and community spread and are included 
in Unit Infection Control Plans. However, members should 
be reminded of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and 
should always be vigilant.
12. Quarantine and Isolation. The COVID-19 Risk Assessment 
Flowchart in REF (G) used in conjunction with REF (H) define 
Coast Guard quarantine and isolation procedures and policies.
13. Confidentiality. All current Coast Guard Privacy and HIPAA 
policies are the primary guides Commanders should continue to 
use to meet the requirements of REF (B).
14. Workplace Operations. Individual Unit Infection Control 
Plans tailored to meet local conditions and constraints satisfy 
the workplace operations requirements of REF (B). CO’s/OIC’s 
should review these plans to ensure they remain effective.
15. Vaccination for SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) is both safe and
effective and the critical path to move through and beyond the
ongoing global pandemic. Our Coast Guard workforce is encouraged
to be vaccinated at your earliest opportunity. Current vaccine
supply chain factors will keep the Service’s focus on unvaccinated
Tier 1A members. As increasing numbers/percentages within our
workforce are vaccinated, Coast Guard guidance for safe workplace
practices will be revisited.
16. COMDT (CG-113) POC: Mr. Glenn Gebele (202) 475-5195 or 
Glenn.L.Gebele@uscg.mil
17. RADM Dana L. Thomas, Director, Health, Safety, and Work-Life
(CG-11), sends.
18. Internet release is authorized.