Phased Plan to Return to Full Capacity



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Latest News

Commander announces new Phase 2C, transition date 

Hanscom Air Force Base plans to move into Phase 2C of the multiphase Return to Full Capacity Aug. 31. Officials say the added phase will further bridge the gap between Phases 2B and 3, and will facilitate another expansion of installation access and available services. Read more here

Ruiz Gate open for inbound, outbound traffic 

Officials from the 66th Security Forces Squadron announced the Ruiz Gate (formerly Hartwell Gate) will open during select hours beginning Aug. 24. The gate will be open Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. for both inbound and outbound traffic. Read more here

Hanscom COVID-19 travel policy updated 

The 66th Air Base Group Crisis Action Team has updated the Hanscom Travel Policy, with the new one taking effect Aug. 1. Read more about this here

Expanded Force Support Squadron services, facilities available in Phase 2B 

The 66th Force Support Squadron will be expanding services and facility availability as the installation transitions into Phase 2B beginning July 20. Read more about this here

Hanscom Barbershop to reopen for limited clientele 

The Hanscom Barbershop will reopen July 21, but will be limited to active-duty only until further notice. Read more about this here

Commander announces transition to RtFC Phase 2B 

Hanscom Air Force Base plans to move into Phase 2B, also known as the “Vigilant phase,” of its multiphase Return to Full Capacity July 20. Read more about this here.

MDS continues virtual appointments in Phase 2A 

The 66th Medical Squadron will continue to maximize the use of virtual care during Phase 2A of the multiphase return to full capacity. Read more about this here.

CDC, School Age opens for limited care in Phase 2A 

The Hanscom Child Development Center and School Age programs are opening under restricted guidelines during Phase 2A of a phased return to full capacity. Beginning June 22, limited care will be provided for currently-enrolled families who have been identified and verified through the installation crisis action team and signed off by the member’s chain of command. Read more about this here.

Chapel services on Hanscom resuming

As Massachusetts conducts Phase 2A of reopening, Hanscom is likewise reopening limited services and facilities. One of those is the resumption of religious services held in the base chapel. Read about this here.

Fitness Center opens with restrictions in Phase 2A 

The Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center will be reopening only to active-duty military and Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders during Phase 2A of the multiphase Return to Full Capacity. Read more about this here.

MDS offers health, safety tips prior to Phase 2A 

Officials from the 66th Medical Squadron offer multiple health and safety tips to employees as the installation enters into the next phase of COVID-19 operations. Read more about this here.

Commander announces Phase 2A RtFC transition timing 

Hanscom Air Force Base has announced that it plans to move into Phase 2A, also known as the “Cautious phase,” of its multiphase Return to Full Capacity June 22. Read more about this here.

Supplies provided for phased return

Officials have purchased various supplies to be disseminated throughout base organizations prior to entering the next part of Hanscom’s phased return to full capacity. Read more about this here.

Hanscom to phase in return to full capacity

Hanscom Air Force Base has developed a plan for a gradual and measured return to full capacity that will allow more employees – though by no means all – to return to work on base, possibly within the next several weeks. The installation would also bring more of its facilities and services back on line, consistent with federal and state guidelines. Read more about this 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.

For further information, visit the full announcement here.

Key Phasing Considerations

Hanscom plans to follow a cautious, multi-phased approach.

Face coverings required where physical distancing is not possible, indoors and outdoors.

Facilities that cannot operate safely with safeguards in place will remain closed or operationally limited.

Those successfully teleworking right now would be encouraged to continue doing so.

Frequent and thorough hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand rubs is essential.

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.

Discourage workers from using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, etc.

Maintain best housekeeping practices, including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment and work spaces.

Employees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Restrict the number of personnel entering isolation areas.

Minimize contact among workers, clients and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual comm, when possible.


As a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings, the 66th Medical Squadron 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.



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Medical Information

Due to COVID-19, all services at the clinic require scheduling, including those that have previously been provided on a walk-in basis (for example, lab, immunizations, medical records, etc.). Call 781-225-6789 to be connected to the appropriate section before coming to Hanscom Clinic.  

Calling ahead for pharmacy prescriptions by calling 781-225-6173 is highly encouraged. This will minimize your wait time at the pharmacy. The Hanscom Clinic Pharmacy hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Beneficiaries 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. Base personnel who are not enrolled to Hanscom Clinic should contact their primary care provider with health-related questions and concerns.

Additional information on the clinic’s current operations is available here and at the 66th Medical Squadron Facebook page.  COVID-19 questions can be addressed to the Public Health office at 781-225-6295.

Hanscom Resilience Cell

The Hanscom Resilience Cell has been created to virtually connect our total Hanscom community and to help manage and respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and physical distancing. Learn more by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HanscomCSC/ or email HanscomResilienceCell@gmail.com with questions, ideas, concerns and needs.


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.
    • Wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • 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.