VAWG COVID-19 Remobilization
Virginia Wing Guidance on COVID-19 Remobilization
A. Current Threat:
• COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that has caused a global outbreak and associated public health declarations including social distancing, protective equipment, and an increased focus on hygiene.
• Because of the variation in impacts and legal restrictions across the various states, there is no one-size-fits-all response for the Civil Air Patrol to use in this situation.
• Virginia Wing transitioned to Phase I on 24 Jun 2020 then to Phase II to on 8 Jul 2020, with many units resuming meetings and other activities while strictly following national and local requirements and guidelines. Since then Virginia has adjusted to further transitions (see below) and now is currently back in Phase II as of 22 Feb 2021.
• According to the Covid ActNow website, as of 25 Feb 2021, Virginia’s daily new cases have dropped to levels not seen since Nov 2020. The infection rate also continues to fall. The continued use of masks, the washing of hands, and enforced social distancing have proven to be effective in controlling the spread of the virus. Vaccines are now being distributed and the vaccination rate continues to rise.
B. Current Remedies:
• Virginia Wing is in Phase II (currently following the Governor's stricter orders). Preparations have begun for an eventual move to Phase III as the numbers of vaccinations increase and daily new cases and positive test rates continue to decrease.
• As COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates continue to decline and the numbers of those vaccinated rise in Virginia, Governor Northam announced that restrictions on 10-person indoor gatherings would continue but outdoor gathering limits would increase to 25 effective 1 March 2021. Full details on the executive order updates can be found at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/
• All units must continue to carefully determine the mission criticality and need of in-person gatherings. Many waivers and accommodations have been updated for CAP operations and can be found at https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/covid-19-information-cena
At the direction of the VAWG/CC, the remobilization team will continue to provide guidance to the wing with respect to meetings, single-day events, and overnight activities in accordance with local, state, and federal guidance.
As detailed in the VAWG phase II plan, the most important items for members who choose to participate at in-person activities include:
- Social distancing as much as possible.
- Face coverings at all times, regardless of social distancing and both inside and outside (physical fitness exception can be found in VAWG phase II plan)
- Personal hygiene – wash hands after touching shared surfaces/items when possible or use approved hand sanitizers
A. Commander’s Intent:
• The remobilization team is continuing to provide plans to ensure the risk of COVID-19 transmission is mitigated to the maximum extent possible, while operating in alignment with our federal, state, and local partners.
• All participation in CAP activities is fully up to the member and their comfort level –participation is not required if a member does not feel it is safe to do so. Virtual accommodations will continue where possible.
B. Concept of Operations
• The remobilization team will have plans approved by the wing command team and the NHQ team and will be distributed to the wing once approved.
• Essential missions, such as Search and Rescue and disaster relief taskings will continue using ORM and the best practices already in place.
C. Chain of Command
• 1st Lt Tamara Munger is the lead POC for organizing Virginia’s phased plans. If you have any concerns, please route them through your chain of command (unit commander, group commander, etc.).
D. Information Flow
• Further information from National Headquarters can be found:
E. Remobilization Status
• Effective 24 June 2020, Virginia Wing is in Phase I, abiding by the instructions provided here.
• Effective 8 July 2020, Virginia Wing is in Phase II, abiding by the instructions provided here.
• Effective 15 Nov 2020, no more than 25 individuals are permitted at any CAP in-person meetings or activities.
• Effective 14 Dec 2020, further restrictions apply - all VAWG units shall have only virtual-based activities and meetings through 31 Jan 2021. Any critical activities must have the fewest personnel present (cannot exceed governor's order) and be approved by the appropriate group commander.
Effective 15 Jan 2021, VAWG units may resume approved in-person meetings and events with a maximum of 10 persons in attendance. This includes senior members, guests and family members.
Effective 1 Feb 2021, Virginia Wing is in Phase I. CAP units are authorized to have meetings and participate in activities, indoor or outdoor, involving 10 or fewer members and cadet parents, with NO additional non-CAP personnel present. Flight Evaluations, Crew Proficiency flights, Dual Instruction, Individual aircrew training and carefully pre-scheduled local CAP Orientation Flights also may continue.
Effective 22 Feb 2021, Virginia Wing returns to Phase II abiding by the instructions listed here. Virginia Wing continues to comply with the Governor's 10-person limit on all gatherings.
Effective 1 Mar 2021, Virginia Wing will continue with a modified version of Phase II in compliance with the Governor's newest restrictions: In-person activities remain limited to 10 total attendees. The limit for outdoor activities has been raised to 25 participants.
Effective 1 Apr 2021, Virginia Wing will expand fully into Phase II. The limit for both outdoor and indoor activities has been expanded to 50 participants. However, social distancing must be maintained. The size of the facility will dictate the number of people that may be safely accommodated. Everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should continue to wear masks, wash/sanitize hands and stay home if ill.
F. Additional Files
Click here for the COVID-19 Questionnaire (one page).
Click here for the CAPF160 Phase II template.
25 Feb 2021/1325L