Hanscom moves to HPCON Alpha, removes indoor mask policy

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Senior leaders announced the installation transitioned to Health Protection Condition Alpha effective March 3.

In accordance with Department of Defense guidance, personnel on Hanscom are no longer required to wear facial coverings while indoors on the installation with the exception of base medical and dental facilities, schools, and Child and Youth Services.

Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, announced the transition as COVID cases throughout Middlesex County remain “low,” as determined by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

“We will continue to follow health and safety guidelines and remain vigilant as we transition into this next phase,” said Stephens.

Additional force health protection guidance, including for occupancy levels, physical distancing and travel, remain in effect.

Officials from the Hanscom Crisis Action Team emphasized that reductions to the public health posture on the installation should not affect telework.

“Units and individuals are still being directed to maximize telework opportunities,” said Randy Robertson, Hanscom’s CAT director.

Public Health officials still encourage anyone who feels unwell, or is exhibiting signs consistent with COVID, such as a dry cough, a fever of 100.4 or more, shortness of breath, or sore throat, to stay home until symptoms resolve or significantly improve.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 guidance at Hanscom, visit www.Hanscom.af.mil/Coronavirus