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SecDef issues guidance on cloth face coverings in public space

In accordance with guidance released earlier today from the Secretary of Defense, “Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a Service member's or Service family member's personal residence on a military installation). This includes all: Military Personnel, DoD Civilian Employees, Family Members, DoD Contractors, all other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities.”

Read the full memo here. The Air Force released information that supplements DOD's guidance here.

 

SFS explains COVID-19 base access procedures

As Hanscom AFB continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, installation access will be limited to essential personnel and necessary deliveries.

“With the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is important to preserve the security, safety and well-being of personnel at Hanscom Air Force Base,” said Maj. Shane Watts, 66th Security Forces Squadron commander. 

For further information, visit the full announcement here.

 

Commander announces additional changes, effective 7 p.m. March 24

In concert with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Stay-at-Home order issued March 23 and effective at noon March 24, the installation commander has directed an orderly transition of Hanscom AFB to a base reporting status of required essential personnel only effective at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24. Individuals deemed to be essential during the current emergency situation are to be notified by their supervisors.

Some key provisions of the transition:

- Units are authorized to implement their Continuity of Operation (COOP) Plan to ensure key mission areas continue through other means.
- Critical services such as police, fire, command post, and CAT will continue to operate.
- Access to the base will not be denied by SFS to any personnel with authorized credentials (i.e CAC or military/dependent ID card).
- The Sartain Gate (previously Vandenberg Gate) will be open 24x7. The Ruiz Gate (previously Hartwell Gate) will be closed effective 7 p.m. March 24.
- Commercial Vehicle Search Area will not be manned, but Hanscom security forces will respond when large vehicles require search.
- Base service contracts will continue to operate per direction from Operational Contracting.
 

For further information regarding this, visit the announcement here.

 

Hanscom housing residents: What do recent state and base announcements mean for you?

To combat the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period.

What does this mean for our housing residents? To be clear, residents are not simply confined to their homes under the governor’s guidance or any associated base guidance.

Travel to and from essential services is still permitted. This includes the grocery store/food services, pharmacy, gas, take-out food, work as required, medical care (call ahead unless an emergency).

Read more about this here.

 

ArticleHanscom Air Force Base announces first COVID-19 case (March 20)

Article: Hanscom leaders give community update (March 19)

Article: Commissary adjusts shopping limits, early bird access

ArticleCommander addresses COVID-19 response in virtual town hall (March 17)

Air Force Travel Restrictions

Latest Air Force Travel Guidance

Department of Defense Travel Restrictions

Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel Policy Letter

Travel Restrictions FAQs

 

CLEANING/DISINFECTION OF OFFICES
As a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings, the 66th MDS currently recommends workplace cleaning procedures outline in Center for Disease Control guidelines found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.

Guidance announced last month:

- Encourage maximum use of telework for employees eligible to do so. This includes allowing telework-eligible employees caring for children because their school or daycare facility has closed to work from home (with conditions).
- Limit all non-mission-essential travel. (See DoD travel guidelines above.)
- Reduce large gatherings and meetings, holding them virtually whenever possible.

In addition, base leaders continue to encourage everyone to take proper personal measures to protect their health, that of their coworkers and families and of the community at large.

** Facilities or services not listed below remain fully operational at this time. **

On-Base Activities Suspended/Altered

Please note: Changes may occur rapidly. You may wish to contact facilities directly.

 

Suspended Until Further Notice: Auto Hobby, Barbershop, FAMCAMP, Hanscom Lanes, Hanscom Pool, Information Learning Center, Movie Theater, Outdoor Recreation, Patriot Golf Course, Signal Stop (Building1305), Judy's and Dino's, STARBASE Academy, Tavern, Tickets & Tours, Youth Programs.

Easter Sunday:  The Base Exchange and food court will be closed. The Shoppette/Class 6 and gas station will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

66 ABG Commander Support Staff (CSS): Walk-in service suspended until further notice. Contact by email at 66.abg.css.workflow@us.af.mil.

AAFES (food service): Take out only from Subway and Pizza Mia. Reduced hours at Subway are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AAFES (Main BX): Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The souvenir shop is closed.

Aero Club: Suspended until further notice. Private aircraft owners storing aircraft have access according to installation commander and flight line/tower instructions and guidance.

Airman & Family Readiness Center: All non-mission critical workshops are suspended, including Hearts Apart and Installation Mission and Management Brief. Classes for Transition Assistance Program and financial readiness mandatory requirements and others will be virtual or postponed. For virtual non-medical counseling contact the Military Family Life Consultant via e-mail at HanscomAdultMFLC@SRIMFLCTeam.com or by phone at 781-315-7992. For Veteran Benefit Advisor services, contact Larry Clayton at Laurence.Clayton@VA.gov or by phone at 703-687-7989. Casualty and Air Force Aid for critical functions can be reached by contacting the Command Post at 781-225-6960.  

Brighton Marine Clinic: Tele-health only appointments available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 781-863-0102.

Child Development Center (CDC): The installation commander has ordered the Child Development Center to remain closed until further notice. The 66th Force Support Squadron will continue to monitor and evaluate the childcare needs of the community and make any decisions to re-open based on the guidance provided by installation leadership and the Commonwealth. Families will receive advanced notice of any status changes. Mission critical requests for care can be made through the individual’s leadership and unit control center to the crisis action team. For status changes, you may visit the Hanscom Child Development Center Facebook page.

Chapel: There are no gatherings at the chapel until further notice. Individual parishes have given guidance for virtual worship and fellowship. Chaplains continue to provide 100% confidential counseling either virtually or over the phone. Reach a Chaplain anytime by calling 781-953-6913. 

Civilian Personnel Office: In-processing conducted virtually.

Commissary: Open Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday closed, Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Comptroller Squadron: Finance walk-in service is suspended until further notice. Email requests to: Civilian Pay66cpts.fmf.civilianpay@us.af.mil; DTShanscom.dts.help.desk@us.af.mil; Military/Travel Pay66.cpts.pay.services@us.af.mil; Accounting66.CPTS.Center.Team@us.af.mil.

Education Center: All testing postponed until May 11. Any previously scheduled testing will be rescheduled via Test Control Officer.

Fitness and Sports Center: Suspended until further notice. All Official Fitness Assessment Testing is suspended until June. For additional guidance, visit Fitness Guidance due to Coronavirus.  

Fourth Cliff Recreation Area: Suspended until further notice. New reservations will not be accepted until May 1.

Gas Station: Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hanscom Conference Center: Existing reservations through May 1 are suspended. New requests can be submitted which will be approved/disapproved on a case-by-case basis.

Honor Guard: On call.

Legal Office: Mission essential only status for assisting deployers and emergency situations related to or caused by COVID-19. For further information or assistance, send an email to 66abg.ja.workflow@us.af.mil or leave a message at 781-225-1410.

Lodging: Reservation hours reduced to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Military Personnel/Customer Service: Reduced office hours only for mission essential CACs are Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon. For CAC emergencies, call 781-760-1193 on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Approved retirements and separations are being processed virtually and by appointment only.

Minuteman Commons: Existing reservations suspended until further notice. New requests can be submitted which will be approved/disapproved on a case-by-case basis.

Pharmacy: The Hanscom Clinic Pharmacy hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Shoppette: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use of the recycle machines located at the Class Six will be suspended until further notice to reduce the potential for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

School Age and Youth Center: The installation commander, in accordance with Governor Baker’s emergency order, has extended the suspension of the School Age Care Program and the Youth Center until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. During this time, the 66th Force Support Squadron will continue to monitor and evaluate the childcare needs of the community and make any decisions to re-open based on the guidance provided by installation leadership and the Commonwealth. For status changes, you may also visit the Hanscom Youth Center Facebook page.

** Please click each question to see the response. **

COVID-19 Q&A -- Email Additional Questions to 66.ABG.CC.Workflow@us.af.mil

Medical Information

Civilian employees and contractors should contact their primary care physicians with health-related questions and concerns.

Active-duty military members, dependents and others who rely on the Hanscom Clinic for primary care should contact the clinic at 781-225-6789 if they are experiencing symptoms or have specific concerns they believe might be related to COVID-19. Additional information is available at the 66th Medical Squadron Facebook page.

The Hanscom Clinic Pharmacy hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional questions or concerns, contact the 66th Air Base Group Public Health office at 781-225-6295.

Protect Yourself

CDC Recommends
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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.