These pages were last updated on October 16th, 2020. They will contain the most updated information and guidelines on COVID-19, released by the Command Group of the Allied Maritime Command to all of its international staff serving at MARCOM and extended to their families.
Allied Maritime Command will continue to guarantee its responsibilities towards Standing Naval Forces and Operation Sea Guardian. Mitigation measures due to COVID-19 are implemented in a sensible manner to keep our personnel, our units and our crews safe. It will include guidelines and security procedures to be observed at the Headquarters.
Influenza Vaccination is of high importance this year due to the pandemic!
Vaccination for influenza is recommend for ALL MARCOM personnel. This includes that personnel which belong to groups of high risk - those with underlying health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women and those who have family members with chronic health conditions.
NORTHWOOD Medical Centre will offer vaccination to high risk group personnel during October and November. From November will also offer vaccination to personnel over 50 years.
Personnel under 50 years old can get the vaccination for a small fee in local pharmacies.
In case of any questions or doubts, Captain Paolo Delato (MEDAD) is available to answer.
From Sep 14th, surgical mask or face covering are compulsory in Atlantic Building:
- While transiting through corridors or common areas,
- In Kitchens,
- In the Foyer at Entrance,
- While attending meetings with more than 6 people.
From July 10th personnel without symptoms travelling into the UK from countries included in the list of Covid-19 “travel corridors”, do NOT need to Self-Isolate for 14 days and consequently are allowed to work at MARCOM HQ.
From July 10th personnel without symptoms travelling into the UK from countries NOT included in the list of Covid-19 “travel corridors”, HAVE TO Self-Isolate for 14 days.
As MARCOM rule, from July 10th personnel without symptoms travelling into the UK from countries included in the list of Covid-19 “travel corridors”, BUT which have travelled from or spent Leave/TDY in Covid-19 cluster areas, are requested to contact their SNR/Direct leadership and to stay to work from home for a period of 14 days.
PERSONNEL IN SELF-ISOLATION HAVE TO STAY AT HOME FOR 14 DAYS.
YOU CAN ONLY LEAVE YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES.
- you need urgent medical assistance (or where your doctor has advised you to get medical assistance)
- you need access to basic necessities like food and medicines, but only in exceptional circumstances such as where you cannot arrange for these to be delivered
- you need to access critical public services such as social services and victim support services, but only in exceptional circumstances
- you need to go to the funeral of a close relative
- you need to fulfil a legal obligation such as participate in legal proceedings
- there’s an emergency
All SNRs have to ensure that all newcomers of Own Country, before starting their In-processing procedures must be well informed about COVID-19 preventive measures in force in MARCOM.
It is strongly recommended to avoid crowded areas where social distance & COVID-19 prevention measures are difficult to be respected.
All Senior National representatives (SNRs) have to promptly update DOM and MEDAD for any disease affecting personnel and/or household members.
STAY ALERT - IF YOU FEEL SICK, STAY AT HOME - BOOK A TEST ASAP
Don't go to work and inform your Chain of Command and the MEDAD.
COVID-19 testing can identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus and includes methods that a) detect the presence of virus itself and b) those that detect antibodies produced in response to infection.
Military personnel, or their household, from other nations who are serving in the UK are now eligible for the COVID-19 test, just like the UK military. ) by calling number 119 or GOV UK specific website; have an appointment in 24h and the test result between 2-5 days.
The people having a positive test to the COVID19 infection can spread virus.
For people sick or having household sick, it is very important to do a test, firstly to detect in early phase COVID 19 infection and consequently implement Self Isolation measures (positive cases) but also treat appropriately the others (negative cases).
For people returning from abroad or having Households returning from abroad, the test is not able to reduce quarantine of 14 days because this period is only related to the potential incubation (time before the virus could produce infection). The test in these cases could be useful only at the end of 14 days of Self Isolation.
IF YOU OR YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE TESTED COVID 19 POSITIVE
Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
IF TRAVEL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO USE OFF PEAK TIME AND WEAR PPE
Due to an increase on mobility, it is now advise that people MUST wear a FACE-COVERING in ENCLOSED SPACES (CROWED AREA) where social distancing is not always possible, for example on PUBLIC TRANSPORT.
Some of MARCOM personell who have to do essential defense duties, can have exemption to Self Isolate returning from abroad. The essential duties have to be identified at minimum of COS level, who will provide a special travel order for these personnel.
Everyone who has finished his period of Self Isolation (for any reason), before returning to the Headquarters must ask permission from the MEDAD. For any question or doubt, feel free to contact with Medical Advisor, Captain Paolo Delato, email P.DELATO@MC.NATO.INT, office tel. 0044 01923 956704, mobile tel. 00447884001564