R 231957Z MAR 20 MID110000511164U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNIC WASHINGTON DC/N00/MAR//
SUBJ/RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT (ROM) GUIDANCE//
NARR/REF A IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMO, FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION
GUIDANCE (SUPPLEMENT 4) - DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GUIDANCE FOR PERSONNEL TRAVEL
DURING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK.
REF B IS NAVADMIN 080/20, NAVY MITIGATION MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
OUTBREAK UPDATE 3.
REF C IS BUMED RETURN TO WORK GUIDELINES FOR CORONAVIRUS.//
RMKS/1. REF A requires that personnel returning from a Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice (THN) Level 3 or Level 2
location perform a 14 day restriction of movement (ROM). During ROM, Service
Members should be restricted to their residence or other appropriate domicile
and limit close contact (within 6 feet or 2 meters) with others. This
NAVADMIN clarifies the definition of ROM, provides amplifying guidance, and
delineates responsibilities for execution of ROM.
2.a. Restriction of Movement (ROM). General DoD term referring to the
limitation of personal liberty for the purpose of ensuring health, safety and
welfare. ROM is inclusive of quarantine and isolation.
2.a.(1) Quarantine. Medical term referring to the separation of
personnel from others as a result of suspected exposure to a communicable
disease. For the world-wide COVID-19 epidemic, this should be imposed on
those with no COVID-19 symptoms who have either recently returned from a
high-risk location (CDC THN Level 2 or 3), or have had close contact with a
known COVID-19 positive patient. The current recommended quarantine period is
14 days. Per CDC, quarantine generally means the separation of a person or
group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable
disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to
prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.
2.a.(2) Isolation. Medical term referring to the separation of personnel from
others due either to the development of potential COVID-19 symptoms or as a
result of a positive COVID-19 test. Per CDC, isolation means the separation
of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected
with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not
infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public
health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local
public health order.
2.b. Patient (or Person) Under Investigation (PUI). In the case of COVID-
19, a PUI is defined as an individual with either a pending COVID-19 test or
for whom a test would have been ordered/conducted had one been available.
2.c. Self-monitoring. Per CDC, self-monitoring means people should
monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and
remaining alert for the onset of a cough or difficulty breathing. If an
individual feels feverish or develops a measured fever, cough, or difficulty
breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit
contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider
or their local health department to determine whether further medical
evaluation is needed.
2.d. Close Contact. Per CDC, a close contact is defined as:
2.d.(1) Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19
case for a prolonged period of time; the current recommended threshold is 10
minutes. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or
sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or
2.d.(2) Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-
19 case (e.g., being coughed on).
3. Applicability. ROM applies to all Service Members, who in the last 14 days
have either been in:
3.a. An area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 as defined as CDC designated
Level 2 and 3 countries (https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
3.b. Close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
3.c. Per REF A, it is strongly recommended that DoD civilian employees,
contractor personnel and dependents also follow this guidance.
4.a. ROM personnel shall be directed to remain at home or in a comparable
setting for 14 days ROM from the day of departure or contact. For transient
personnel and those residing in close quarters such as unaccompanied housing
or ships, temporary lodging meeting CDC guidance of separate sleeping and
bathroom facilities shall be arranged, when available.
4.b. When in ROM, personnel shall avoid congregate settings, limit close
contact with people and pets or other animals to the greatest extent
possible, avoid traveling, self-monitor, and seek immediate medical care if
symptoms (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) develop.
4.c. Personnel assigned ROM may exit quarters to access laundry
facilities, outdoor exercise, and designated smoking areas; and conduct other
routine tasks not in a public setting provided they maintain social
distancing greater than 6 feet from others. Access to messing facilities,
stores, fitness centers and other widely used support services is prohibited.
4.d. For temporary lodging, normal room cleaning services will be
suspended during the ROM period.
4.e. For personnel executing ROM in private residence, coordinate with
parent command for the purchase of required food/hygiene items or arrange
delivery through other means.
4.f. After completion of ROM, return to work per REF C and Combatant
Commander guidance, if applicable.
5.a. Parent command Commanding Officer/Officer in Charge shall:
5.a.(1) Ensure screening of personnel for ROM.
5.a.(2) Ensure ROM personnel comply with paragraph 4.
5.a.(3) If temporary lodging is required:
5.a.(3)A. Provide cost orders for ROM personnel. Orders will
direct the Service Member to a ROM status and not TAD to the host
Recommend funding for temporary lodging, if required, be obtained through the
Type Commander. This may be accomplished utilizing a General Terms and
Conditions document to avoid issues arising from Service Members not having
government travel cards.
5.a.(3)B. Coordinate with installation Commanding Officer for
room assignment. It is imperative that tenant commands inform installations
of all personnel in ROM within government facilities (to include barracks,
NGIS, Navy Lodge, PPV family housing, and PPV barracks).
5.a.(3)C. As needed, coordinate messing support with the
Commanding Officer where a galley is available. Arrangements will be made
between the parent command and the installation for the delivery of meals to
Service Members in a ROM status.
5.a.(3)D. As required, provide daily support to ROM personnel to
ensure meal delivery as well as health and comfort checks.
5.A.(3)E. Ensure personnel supporting individuals in ROM are
trained on the status of ROM personnel and associated interaction protocols.
Close contact is prohibited. PPE is not required.
5.a.(4) If private residence is utilized, coordinate with ROM
personnel to ensure all messing needs are met.
5.b. Installation Commanding Officers shall:
5.b.(1) Account daily for available temporary lodging to support ROM.
5.b.(2) Track all ROM personnel residing in Navy Lodging
(unaccompanied housing, NGIS, Navy Lodge, PPV family housing, PPV barracks)
both on and off installation. There is no need for installations to track
tenant personnel in a ROM status in private residence/lodging.
5.b.(3) Provide detailed instructions to tenant commands who require
temporary ROM lodging support.
5.b.(4) If available, coordinate with parent commands to provide take
-out meals for delivery to ROM personnel.
5.b.(5) Ensure temporary lodging staff are trained on the status of
ROM personnel and associated interaction protocols. Close contact is
prohibited. PPE is not required.
5.b.(6) Follow CDC guidance for cleaning rooms following the ROM
Ensure the standards are the same across all facilities (unaccompanied
housing, NGIS, Navy Lodge).
5.b.(7) For the safety of lodging personnel, ensure clear discrete
procedures are in place to identify rooms which are occupied by ROM
5.b.(8) Ensure fire and emergency services are aware of ROM personnel
locations, particularly those in isolation, and are prepared to respond to
medical emergencies with appropriate PPE.
6. Entitlements. Per REF B.
7. Reporting Requirements. Per REF B.
8. ROM FAQs.
Question 1. When placed on Restriction of Movement (ROM), can I travel to
locations within the fence line of an installation to utilize facilities such
as the NEX food court or the gym?
Answer 1. No, during the duration of ROM, Service Members must remain in
their rooms with the exception of brief trips to utilize designated smoking
areas, walking in the immediate vicinity of the building (usually within 100
feet), and limiting close contact (within 6 feet) with others. If your
facility contains an in house gym, do not use it.
Question 2. Can I accept food deliveries from various services?
Answer 2. Yes, food must be placed outside the room. Minimize close contact
(within 6 feet).
Question 3. Can my family or friends visit me?
Answer 3. Yes, provided they do not enter your room. Conversations should be
held with visitors staying in the passageway outside the room and Service
Members in their room. Minimize close contact (within 6 feet).
Question 4. Can I do my laundry?
Answer 4. Yes, but you should coordinate with your command to utilize in
house laundry facilities.
Question 5. How do I obtain personal hygiene items?
Answer 5. Utilize the point of contact provided by your command to arrange
for purchase of these items.
Question 6. Will my room be cleaned daily?
Answer 6. No, your room will not be cleaned during your stay. Trash pickup is
available by placing your trash can in the passageway.
Question 7. Is Personal Protective Equipment required for personnel in my
Answer 7. No, you should limit close contact (within 6 feet) with others.
Question 8. Can I ROM in open bay barracks or in rooms with shared bathrooms?
Answer 8. No, individuals should be placed in separate lodging (when
Question 9. Can I use public transportation if in ROM status?
Answer 9. No, individuals on ROM should avoid crowds and public locations.
Question 10. Can I get off ROM early if I was in close contact to a person
with COVID-19, and I feel like I am not sick?
Answer 10. No, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 14 days of
ROM from the last date of exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.
Question 11. What is the difference between quarantine and restriction of
Answer 11. Quarantine is a legal public health term used for civilian
restrictions and ROM is a military term being used to identify military
individuals who are restricted in their movement, generally to their
Question 12. Are my family members at risk if I ROM at home with them?
Answer 12. ROM status is a precautionary step to prevent spread to others.
Considering this, it is recommended that while at home in a ROM status, you
practice social distancing. This means try to remain at least 6 feet from
other persons, avoid using the same bathroom, or sleeping in the same bed.
Question 13. Can I prepare meals for my family while on ROM?
Answer 13. When in a ROM status, it is recommended you not prepare meals for
your family because the virus is spread through respiratory droplets that can
land on surfaces such as food. Ideally, you should have other individuals
prepare food. If you are the only care giver, make sure you are washing your
hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Make sure
you cover your nose and mouth when coughing and wash your hands after using
Question 14. Should I be wearing a mask?
Answer 14. Masks will not protect you from inhaling the virus. The virus is
very small and can make its way through and around the mask. The best way to
prevent being infected or infecting others is to practice social distancing
and good hygiene techniques (such as washing your hands regularly with soap
and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, avoid sick
Question 15. Do I need to clean my house to CDC standards?
Answer 15. It is recommended you maintain a clean living environment as you
normally would. This includes frequent hand washing, washing clothing and
bedding, and wiping down frequently touched surfaces with a sanitizing wipe
or any cleaning product that contains at least 10 percent bleach. The
Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that have been
specifically tested as effective in sanitizing surfaces.
9. Released by Vice Admiral M. M. Jackson, Commander, Navy Installations