MITAGS COVID-19 Resources & FAQs

Have the MITAGS' Campuses Reopened?

MITAGS’ East and West Coast Campuses have reopened for training and simulation projects/activities.  

Please click the appropriate link below to read the latest policy documents for each campus.

Students, staff and guests are required to read and acknowledge these documents prior to arriving at with campus.

MITAGS East & MCC COVID-19 Policy

MITAGS West COVID-19 Policy

What is MITAGS currently doing to stop the spread of COVID-19?

MITAGS continues to enhance and modify COVID-19 protocols to keep our staff and students safe. These protocols are fluid and are expected to change as local restrictions are lifted or expanded. Please check back frequently.

For additional details regarding our protocols on the East Coast, especially as it pertains to our accommodations and dining, please visit MCC’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

I've signed up to take a course at MITAGS East, is the campus hotel open?

Yes, our MITAGS East onsite hotel opened with the school on May 30, 2020. For additional details regarding our COVID-19 protocols relating to accommodations and dining, please visit the Maritime Conference Center COVID-19 Resource Center.

If you need additional assistance, contact us here.

Is your shuttle still operating?

The MITAGS & MCC shuttle at our East Coast Campus will not be in operation until further notice. If you are flying into BWI or traveling by train to the BWI Amtrak Station, please take a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

In addition, shuttle service typically provided at our West Coast Campus is also suspended until further notice.

I've signed up to take a course at MITAGS West and need accommodations, where can I stay?

For those needing lodging in Seattle, we have negotiated exceptionally low prices for our students, although none of our hotel partners are currently offering shuttle service. 

Please check out our Seattle Accommodations page for additional options.

If you need additional assistance, contact us here.

Am I required to wear a mask on campus?

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, effective August 08, 2021 facemasks are required in public
spaces. Examples of the public spaces are the hotel lobby, hallways/passageways, while up walking
around in the dining room. This does not apply to classrooms or meeting spaces. . If you forgot to bring
your mask, the front desk will supply you with one at check-in. Additional facemasks are available for
purchase in The Store, adjacent to the hotel Front Desk.

In the event that the facemask requirement is eased, there may be times that facemasks are required due
to certain events, guests, etc. One such example of this at our facility would be a “restriction of
movement” or ROM. MITAGS-MCC will communicate any concerns during these periods. If you forgot to
bring your mask, the front desk will supply you with one at check-in during these times.


On December 31, 2021, due to a sustained increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and outbreaks, Anne Arundel County Executive, Steuart Pittman, mandated that all people two years and older shall wear a mask in indoor public areas and outdoors in crowded areas where social distancing is not possible. All businesses shall require that staff and customers wear masks in indoor and outdoor settings with the exception of activities that cannot take place while masked. Masks must be well fitting and cover the nose and mouth. 

Click here to read the mandate, which is set to expire on January 7, 2022 unless extended by the county council.

​MITAGS-MCC already had a mask mandate in place as of August 2021, and will continue to require masks in ALL indoor public areas on our campus regardless of vaccination status until further notice.


As of Monday, August 23rd, in accordance with Governor Inslee’s proclamation yesterday (8/18/21), MITAGS-West requires masks indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

To read our latest COVID-19 policy, please click here.

Is the MITAGS West Fire Trainer Open?

YES!  The M/v Fire Dragon training facility on West Ewing Street is back in operation.  We have instituted a number of COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure student safety, and all personal protective equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each class.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer shuttle service from MITAGS-West classrooms to the fire training facility. Students will need to arrange their own transportation.

What should I do if I enrolled in and paid for a course that was previously cancelled due to the shutdown?

Please contact our Admissions staff to discuss your options. Keep in mind that courses were scheduled out beyond the shutdown period, and are available for enrollment. You can work with Admissions to reschedule your training for one of these available dates, or request a refund if rescheduling will not be possible.

MITAGS East Coast Campus: [email protected]

MITAGS West Coast Campus: [email protected]

OR Call us toll-free at 866 656 5568

Is MITAGS offering any online or distance learning classes at this time?

Yes! MITAGS has been working with the U.S. Coast Guard and VA to explore online and blended learning options to continue to provide training our students need. Check out our new blended course options here:

You can also explore the online courses we are currently offering with our partner, Learn America. Click here for more information.

Are there currently any international travel restrictions in the U.S.?

As of December 6, 2021 President Biden’s new actions and travel restrictions to protect Americans against COVID-19 variants took effect. This means travelers entering the U.S., including American citizens and non-citizens, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding their flight regardless of vaccination status. In addition, all adult foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. by air are required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated before boarding their flight. To read President Biden’s full statement, click here.

The U.S. Travel Association has also provided these international travel FAQs.

We recommend travelers reach out to their specific airline or departure airport for pertinent information in regards to travel.

How is the State of Maryland currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Maryland offering?

As of January 4, 2022, Maryland has seen a dramatic surge in COVID hospitalizations, and the Governor expects the next four to six weeks to be the most difficult time to date. Therefore, Governor Hogan has issued a 30-day state of emergency with two new executive orders. Please use the links below to read more:

MD State of Emergency Proclamation (1.4.22)
MD Executive Order (Healthcare Matters 1.4.22)
MD Executive Order (EMS Workforce 1.4.22)


To learn more about Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery and see the status of each Maryland jurisdiction visit:

Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

For other COVID-19 related news in Maryland visit:


How is the State of Washington currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Washington offering?

Additional information about Washington’s Safe Start Re-Opening Plan can be found here:

For other COVID-19 related news in Washington visit:

How is the USCG currently addressing mariner credentialing?

The Coast Guard updated MSIB 08-20 on September 30, 2020 announcing the extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical Certificates. Read MSIB 08-20, Change 4 here.

What guidance has the USCG provided regarding Port and Facility Operations?

For the latest guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard, see MSIB 07-20.

What other resources are available for mariners and the maritime industry?
How do I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
  • Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and directives put forth by your local government, including the practice of social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stop shaking hands or hugging. Use fist bumps or touch elbows.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
How do I properly disinfect frequently touched surfaces?

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How long can COVID-19 be transmitted on surfaces?

In a new, unpublished study, researchers found the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. However, the virus remained viable on copper for only about four hours.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
  • Call your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Do not just go to your doctor’s office or nearest ER – CALL AHEAD FIRST.
  • Stay home if symptoms are mild and avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • Limit contact with others within your home, including any pets/animals – dedicate a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom, if available, and do not share personal household items.
  • If you are sick:You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn more about what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:

  • Working from home instead of at the office
  • Closing schools or switching to online classes
  • Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
  • Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings
  • Limit trips to grocery stores and other retailers and/or go during non-peak hours
  • Avoid playgrounds, playdates and other social visits

Currently, it is recommended that any sort of gathering contain no more than 10 people, but each state has various directives in place.

Where can I find the latest information regarding COVID-19?

Please continually visit for the latest information on COVID-19. For the CDC’s full list of COVID-19 FAQs, click here.

US Chamber of Commerce Vaccine Information