The protection and care of the entire Stennis team is our top priority and critical to the success of our mission.
While we do not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Stennis as of today, March 14, out of an abundance of caution, the center is transitioning to Stage 2 (out of 4) of our COVID-19 response framework.
While Stennis Space Center will remain open during Stage 2, telework is now strongly encouraged for all site employees who can work remotely. Most of the NASA civil service workforce will begin telework status on Monday, March 16. NASA telework employees are being allowed to come onsite briefly on Monday to obtain any necessary items from their office to enable effective longer-term telework.
In addition to the maximum telework status, Stage 2 also advises to cancel or postpone all large in-person meetings or gatherings, limit site visits to mission essential only, and maximize the use of virtual meetings and remote participation. Your cooperation in implementing these Stage 2 policies within your own organizations is appreciated as we seek to minimize exposure potential across the center.
The Stage 2 framework also includes a recommendation to close all onsite fitness centers. SSC is currently evaluating this step and will issue further guidance on the status of the SSC Wellness Center by Monday.
NASA is limiting travel to trips that are mission essential as defined in the response framework. Similarly, NASA encourages all SSC tenants to limit travel to the extent possible to further reduce potential SSC workforce exposure. Additionally, all temporary restrictions involving foreign travel and foreign visitors that were enacted on Friday remain in place.
We will continue to assess the situation and update the status of the center, and its facilities, as needed. Please continue to utilize Mr. Kenny Volante (firstname.lastname@example.org), SSC Emergency Operations Manager, as your primary POC for any questions relative to SSC COVID-19 status.
Stay healthy and safe, and please continue to consult NASA People website (https://nasapeople.nasa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus.htm) for the most current guidance on NASA’s response to the coronavirus.