March 18: Update to Navy base functions in San Diego
The health and well-being of our personnel and their families remains our top priority so Southwest Navy Commands continue to make adjustments in day-to-day operations to help protect the Fleet, our Sailors, civilians and contractors and their families, as well as prevent the further spread of the virus. These adjustments were made in alignment with federal guidance and state Governor direction, and include the following, which are in effect until further notice:
* All catering functions, special events, golf tournaments, ticket offices, and recreational trips are cancelled or closed until further notice.
* Fitness centers and gymnasiums (including swimming pools), bowling centers, recreation centers (community and enlisted), auto skills centers and movie theaters will close.
* All Morale, Welfare, and Recreation bars will close. Restaurants and quick-service food and beverage outlets will provide to-go orders only. Galley and MWR rations-in-kind operations will remain opening, but will eliminate salad bars and enhance efforts for social distancing.
* Child development centers (CDC) school age care will remain open. Teen centers, youth sports and hourly child care will be suspended.
* Religious services on board all installations are suspended until further notice to limit gatherings of more than 10 people in accordance with guidance from the commander-in-chief.
* Beginning March 18, Commissaries will begin 100% I.D. card checks at the entrance of all stores and will revoke the visitor policy. These measures are in place to reduce the number of people in stores, support social distancing, and minimize crowds.
* Beginning March 19, "early bird" shopping hours will be eliminated to allow more time for cleaning and re-stocking.
Stay tuned to Navy base Facebook pages to learn more about what may be changing on any particular installation. Every member of the Navy family should be aware of the following:
* Commands have initiated contingency procedures and alternative work schedules to maintain operational readiness but slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the number of potential cases that would need immediate medical treatment. These plans include options such as telework or limiting the number of personnel physically present at work. Servicemembers, civilians and contractors should follow the directions given by their supervisors for their respective commands/organizations.
* Personnel physically present for work should actively participate in social distancing and regular cleaning of spaces and following CDC's recommended actions to prevent the spread of the virus.
* Personnel should always make sure their information is accurate in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). Accurate contact information is required to facilitate a quick and accurate muster of personnel in affected areas in disaster/emergency situations if one is needed. Visit the NFAAS site to review and update or validate information: https://navyfamily.navy.mil.
* For servicemembers in need of resources during a trying time like this, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is standing by to support. Visit NMCRS online at https://www.nmcrs.org/ for information.
Please monitor the COVID-19 status page on the Navy Region Southwest website for updates: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrsw/om/COVID-19.html
America depends upon us to help provide security and stability to this nation, and that's exactly what we will continue to do. Every member of our Navy Family is asked to continue following CDC guidance and do their part as best they can to help slow the spread of the virus.
Navy leadership and our Navy medical professionals will continue to monitor the situation. As the situation progresses, Navy Region Southwest is postured to implement additional measures as needed in alignment with Dept. of Defense guidance and in coordination with state and local partners should there be an increase in risk to the Fleet, Fighter and Family.
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