NARA has closed the Washington National Records Center (WNRC) in Suitland, MD, effective immediately and until further notice. Yesterday, the Governor of Maryland issued an order closing all non-essential businesses, organizations, and establishments. NARA is closing the WNRC in order to support local health agencies’ efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The National Archives building at College Park, MD, is essential to NARA's continued operations and will remain open with limited access for staff. All College Park employees with telework agreements are 100-percent teleworkers until further notice. Staff without telework agreements are being placed on enforced telework if they are capable of teleworking, and staff who cannot telework are being placed on weather and safety leave. We are taking these actions to protect staff from the potential spread of COVID-19 while maintaining mission-essential functions.
Until further notice, the College Park facility may be accessed by staff on a limited basis. Access is restricted to essential functions or purposes, and visits must be limited to the minimum amount of time necessary to accomplish essential tasks. Staff are permitted to return to the building and may be recalled for a variety of reasons, including time and attendance reporting, receiving a new laptop, or picking up additional assignments or hard copy materials to continue telework. Staff are not permitted to report to the building to perform normal functions or activities for a full work day, unless directed to do so. Employees who require access to the building must coordinate with their supervisor before coming in.
NARA is taking these actions to protect our staff and support the public health agencies that are working to limit the spread of COVID-19. The best way for you to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice good health habits such as frequent hand washing, stay home from work and seek medical treatment if you are feeling ill, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, and refrain from customary handshaking.
We are committed to the health and wellness of all NARA staff. We will provide you with updates and additional guidance as it becomes available.