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Minot AFB mitigating COVID-19 through limited base access

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – As of April 7, in accordance with Secretary of the Air Force directed HPCON Charlie measures, Minot Air Force Base has implemented additional limitations to protect the health and safety of installation personnel and to ensure mission accomplishment.

Base access for retirees, their dependents, and veteran benefits card holders who do not live on the installation and who are not Department of Defense (DoD) civilians’ employees, are limited to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On those days, they may access the Shoppette, Military Treatment Facility (MTF), the pharmacy, and helping agencies (i.e. MPF, Finance, Legal, etc. – by appointment only). Most other facilities are closed due to COVID-19. The Commissary and Base Exchange access is further limited to Wednesdays and Sundays.

Retirees, their dependents, and veteran benefits card holders who are DoD civilian employees are not restricted from access to base; however, they also may only access the Commissary and Base exchange on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The MTF is currently a single-point-of-entry facility and all patrons seeking to visit the MTF must call ahead, answer screening questions, and have an appointment on the designated days, Wednesdays and Fridays. If medical care is required on a restricted base access day, MTF staff will assist beneficiaries through phone consultation or coordinate care off-base.

All DoD employees, dependents and retirees who reside off base are encouraged to use local vendors for their supplies and groceries. Additionally, when shopping on base, all personnel to include base residents, are encouraged to only purchase what they need and to be courteous toward the needs of others during this time.

Furthermore, in accordance with the Department of Defense guidance, effective immediately, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. This includes all: military personnel, DoD civilian employees, family members, DoD contractors, and all other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities.

The restrictions will be lifted as soon as conditions allow.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense Coronavirus websites at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/. For Minot specific information, visit https://www.minot.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-COVID-19-News/ or email minot.covid.tips@us.af.mil with any questions.

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