(Updated 04/06/2022) The following guidance on workplace practices applies to all DLA installations and facilities. This guidance applies to military personnel, DLA civilian employees, contractors, and any individuals visiting DLA property, installations or facilities.
Subject to mission requirements, DLA managers and supervisors will:
- Organize work requirements to minimize close contact between individuals in the workplace.
- Ensure employees maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others where possible.
- Assign telework when appropriate to decrease normal space occupancy.
Personnel who have symptoms of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and stay home. Personnel who develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the workday must immediately isolate, put on a mask even if mask wearing is not otherwise required by DOD guidance, notify their supervisor, and promptly leave the workplace.
Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, personnel who test positive for COVID-19 will remain out of the workplace for 5 days. Individuals may return to the DoD workplace after 5 days, if either: (1) they have no symptoms; or (2) if they are afebrile for more than 24 hours and any remaining symptoms are resolving. Mask wearing must continue in the workplace for an additional 5 days, even if mask wearing otherwise is not required by DoD guidance. Personnel performing duties outside the United States will also follow applicable geographic Combatant Commander guidance to address host nation policies.
Asymptomatic personnel with potential exposure to COVID-19 based on close contact who are: (1) not fully vaccinated; (2) are more than 5 months out from their second mRNA vaccine dose (i.e., Pfizer BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna/Spikevax) and have not received a COVID-19 booster dose; or (3) more than 2 months out from their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine and have not received a COVID-19 booster dose will remain out of the workplace for 5 days. Regardless of vaccination status, asymptomatic personnel with potential exposure to COVID-19 based on close contact must wear a mask in the workplace for 10 days, even if mask wearing otherwise is not required by DoD guidance.
Supervisors should consult with DLA Human Resources (J1) to determine the appropriate status for the employee. Exceptions in specific and limited circumstances may be granted by MSC/J Code Commanders and Directors, DLA Chief of Staff, and Regional Commanders.
Sick personnel should follow CDC-recommended steps. Personnel who had COVID-19 should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
In general, asymptomatic, non-immunized personnel with potential exposure to COVID-19 should not return to the workplace until they have a confirmed negative COVID-19 test per Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 or follow the appropriate self-quarantine period (e.g., 14 days starting on the last day on which close contact occurred). Personnel performing duties outside the United States are to follow applicable geographic COCOM guidance as to whether and how to address host nation policies. Supervisors should consult with DLA Human Resources (J1) to determine the appropriate status for the employee. Exceptions in specific and limited circumstances may be granted by MSC/J Code Commanders and Directors, DLA Chief of Staff, and Regional Commanders.
Those who have tested positive or recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months and subsequently have come into close contact with a suspected/confirmed positive case are not required to remain out of the workplace. Fully vaccinated persons who come into close contact with a confirmed/clinically diagnosed/presumptive positive COVID-19 case are not required to remain out of the workplace.
Full details on COVID-19 workplace practices within DLA facilities are outlined in the DLA COVID-19 Reentry and Safety Plan, dated April 6,2022.