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On August 19, 2020, the FAA briefed NATCA regarding the Agency’s revision of its gating criteria, and the metrics it uses to analyze COVID-19 related information and to make determinations regarding the movement through the phases of reopening.  The Agency hopes that the new criteria will provide a more holistic, dynamic, and cautious view regarding the spread of COVID-19 within any particular area, and that the criteria will allow the Agency to evaluate accurately the conditions of the area under consideration for a reopening phase change.

Prior to the changes, the Agency indicated that the gating criteria it had used was based largely on 14-day numeric trends, but found that, within geographic areas with spiking rates of COVID-19, the metrics it used were not cautious enough and could cause the Agency to reopen specific worksites prematurely.  The Agency indicated that the reasoning behind the changes it initiated was to promote health and safety, and to reduce risk.

NATCA will monitor the Agency’s data and decision-making and will determine whether additional proposals on this matter are necessary.

POCs: Chief of Staff Dean Iacopelli, Director of Labor Relations Nicole Vitale, and Labor Relations Attorney May Silverstein

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