NNSS Mandatory COVID-19 Safety Protocols
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NNSS has implemented several mandatory safety protocols to protect both the workforce and approved visitors, subcontractors, vendors, etc. (Please note: NNSS public tours remain on hold.) In addition to compliance with normal NNSS safety and security protocols, all approved visitors, subcontractors, vendors must also comply with the mandatory COVID protocols for the site.
Due to the rapidly changing environment, COVID protocols are subject to change and should be reviewed frequently and/or prior to every visit. Failure to abide by any safety or security protocols, including COVID protocols, can lead to denial of access and/or your immediate removal from the site.
COVID protocols include:
- Stay home if you are sick or have been in close contact with someone who is sick.
- Perform a symptom check prior to coming to work or entering any NNSS facility. If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, aches/pains, diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, vomiting, sore throat or sudden loss of taste or smell, stay at home or immediately go home.
- Practice six-foot social distancing.
- Wear a face covering.
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may remove masks when alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls and the door shut. Individuals who are fully vaccinated may remove face coverings when alone in separate enclosed offices or in workspaces when they are not in close contact with others.
- Individuals working in spaces in which they are in close contact through proximity and duration of exposure (e.g., within six feet of another individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) must wear a face covering while in those spaces.
- Face coverings are to be worn when employees are in shared vehicles. Single vehicle occupants need not wear a face covering during entry/exit badge checks, but should be prepared to wear one during vehicle inspections or as requested by a Security Police Officer.
- Face coverings can be removed when eating and/or drinking or while in outdoor spaces when maintaining six feet of physical distancing.
- Face shields worn without the use of a face covering are not approved alternatives to face covers unless authorized as a non-restrictive alternative as a medical, disability, safety or specific-use accommodation.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid physical contact with others, such as shaking hands.
For more detailed information, please refer to the NNSS COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for Protection of Workers Plan.
Those traveling must adhere to state and local travel restrictions. For more information, visit the CDC’s “Considerations for Travelers” page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.
For general information related to Coronavirus, please visit: http://www.coronavirus.gov/.
Visiting NNSS Facilities
Currently, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) is welcoming only official visitors to its facilities. Official visitors are those who have been invited by an NNSS employee. It is the host's responsibility to coordinate any necessary badging or access permission, ensure visitors are aware of NNSS COVID protocols, and arrange to meet guests at a designated location.
If you plan to visit, there are several things to keep in mind. You must present valid photo identification as well as the name(s) of the person(s) you are visiting upon entering the facility. All persons and vehicles entering NNSS facilities are subject to search.
The North Las Vegas Facility is located at 232 Energy Way, North Las Vegas, NV 89030. Click here for directions.
The Site is located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, off the U.S. 95 Mercury exit. Click here for directions.
Directions to all other NNSS facilities will be provided by your host.
- Dangerous weapons
- Instruments or material likely to produce substantial injury to persons or damage to persons or property
- Open containers of alcoholic beverages
- Non-prescription controlled substances
- Any other items prohibited by law
ARTICLES PROHIBITED IN ALL BUILDINGS, IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE LISTED ITEMS, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED:
- Cellular telephones with photographic capability.
Important note: Privately-owned cell phones with photographic capability are allowed in uncleared portions of buildings, but visitors are prohibited from using the photographic, audio and video recording capabiities.
- Privately owned radio frequency transmitting equipment
- Privately owned photographic/optical equipment
For more detailed information, please download and review the Prohibited and Controlled Articles Policy and the Electronic Devices Acceptable Use Policy.
Government-owned equipment may be taken into these areas but must be turned off, unless permission from the Safeguards and Security office has been granted.
For additional information on visiting the Site, please refer to the NNSS Tours page.
For information on visiting the Nuclear Testing Archive and Public Reading Facility, please refer to the Nuclear Testing Archive page.