Keesler elevates health protection conditions on base

Keesler Air Force Base has taken its Health Protection Condition to Charlie in response to COVID-19.

HPCON Charlie measures are mandatory for all Keesler service members, DoD civilian and contractor employees and family members. These measures are required to ensure the continued health and safety for our community.

Official leave and normal off-duty time for military members will be restricted to Mississippi. Civilian and family members’ leave or travel is not prohibited by this restriction; however, travel outside of the local area is highly discouraged.

All on-base gatherings (defined as more than 10 people) are cancelled from now until further notice, unless they are mission-essential as directed by your unit commander.

The home-to-work order has been reinstated under the following parameters: Service members are not allowed to visit prohibited locations/activities such as off-base gyms and other activities where droplet exposure due to physical exertion is increased (e.g. group sports, swimming pools, exercise classes), dine-in restaurants (take-out authorized), bars and nightclubs.

When out in the local community, if six feet physical distancing and/or mask wear is not practiced, members are encouraged to evaluate the benefits of participation versus risk of exposure. At any point if the member feels the risk of exposure is too great, they are highly encouraged to conclude their business and depart.

Continue to practice strict hygiene measures such as frequently washing and/or sanitizing hands, wiping common-use items with disinfectant, covering mouths and noses with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when sick. Additionally, continue to practice social distancing and refrain from physical contact such as hand shaking, fist bumps, etc.

Everyone should remain informed regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and should contact our Dragon Health Hotline 228-376-7132 or the Nurse Advice Hotline at 1-800-874-2273.

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