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ALCOAST 096/21 COVID-19: CALENDAR YEAR 2021 TRAVEL AND LEAVE SITREP 2

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R 092141Z MAR 21
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
TO ALCOAST
UNCLAS
ALCOAST 096/21
SSIC 6200
SUBJ: COVID-19: CALENDAR YEAR 2021 TRAVEL AND LEAVE SITREP 2
A. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 111643Z FEB 21/ALCOAST 046/21
B. COMCOGARD FORCECOM NORFOLK VA 262024Z FEB 21/ALCOAST 074/21
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 231347 APR 20/ALCOAST 150/20

1. This ALCOAST cancels REF (A) and revises procedures for foreign/domestic leave and travel. Due to current trends of the pandemic combined with the national vaccination effort, leave and travel approval policies, except for unofficial foreign travel, are returned to pre-pandemic status. However, leave and travel approving officials should weigh individual member vaccination status (vaccinated versus un-vaccinated) and site specific location COVID-19 conditions when conducting readiness risk assessment and approving leave and travel requests.

2. COVID-19 Local Restrictions. Members are reminded that they must adhere to local restrictions and guidelines when not acting in the performance of official duties.

3. Travel.
   a. Official Travel (Foreign/Domestic). Official travel is authorized for essential, time-sensitive missions, understanding that the number of time-sensitive missions will increase the longer that travel restrictions are in place. Commands must balance risk-to-mission and risk-to-member before authorizing travel. Local restrictions do not apply to official travel (i.e. ROM once entering a particular state, etc).
      (1) FORCECOM units are at varying stages of operating capability. FORCECOM will continue to resume readiness activities as the situation allows. For the current status of all FORCECOM readiness activities and policy (AIA, Exercise Support, Class “A” and “C” schools), refer to: https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/forcecom/ETQC/SitePages/Home.aspx and REF (B).
      (2) SELRES and IRR. IAW REF (C), The performance of IDT and ADT-AT are 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 (Domestic). Domestic leave/leisure travel for Military Personnel, including Reservists on Active Duty, is authorized. All personnel must be aware of changing conditions in locations they intend to travel to and through when making travel decisions. 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/health departments.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/CG-1/cg112/docs/pdf/HSWL%20 Clinic%20POC%202019.rtf.
   c. Leave/Leisure (Foreign). Foreign leave/leisure travel for Military Personnel, including Reservists on Active Duty, is authorized but requires command endorsement and first Flag Officer/SES in chain of command approval. 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/. Commands should consider THNs as a factor when deciding to endorse leave for foreign travel. 
   d. PCS travel. For guidance on PCS travel, refer to the latest COVID-19: Impacted Assignment Year 21 (AY21): PCS and HHG Shipments SITREP.

4. Leave Approval. Units should make every effort to grant leave for military members when the risk is acceptable.

5. Quarantine/Isolation. Commands have discretion in determining whether members traveling to/from an area with an active CDC travel advisory or other local restrictions must quarantine with regards to official duties, to include considering vaccination status. However, members must still abide by all local rules concerning quarantine when not acting in the course of their official duties.

6. COVID-19 Duty Status. COVID-19 related duty statuses include ROM, Isolation, and Quarantine. Commands must not charge leave while their military members are in a command directed COVID-19 related duty status from official (domestic and foreign) or unofficial travel (domestic). For unofficial foreign travel, commands can require members to use personal leave as a condition of the request, as other countries may require ROM as a condition of entry or the THN may specify quarantine upon return.

7. 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/.

8. For comments or questions, please contact the Office of Military Personnel and Policy, COMDT (CG-1331) at: HQS-PolicyandStandards@uscg.mil.

9. RADM J. M. Nunan, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources (CG-1), sends.

10. Internet release is authorized.