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JBSA Restricts Access As COVID-19 Cases Increase On Base, In Community

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U.S. Air Force photo by Rich McFadden
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph members slow their vehicle speed as they navigate around the Randolph main gate bollards Nov. 7, 2013.

Effective June 26, Joint Base San Antonio is increasing its health protection condition level to Charlie in response to the coronavirus surge underway in Bexar County.

That means more restrictions on who can enter the base — and which facilities will be open.

“Cases of COVID-19 are increasing both here on the installation and in the community,” said JBSA commander Brigadier General Caroline Miller in a Facebook video Thursday night. “This transition is necessary to protect our people in the vital missions we conduct here.”

Only mission-critical personnel conducting official business — including appointments at a military medical treatment facility or at a mission support facility — will be allowed on the installation. That includes military members, civilian employees and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel, such as retirees, dependents and contractors. 

Childcare facilities, commissaries and most recreation facilities will stay open, though there will be limits on admittance and capacity. Fitness centers will remain available for active duty guard and reserve military personnel only.

Everyone over the age of 17 who enters the installation in a vehicle will have their ID checked.

Basic military training, technical training, medical training, flying training, cyber and other JBSA missions will continue.

JBSA is asking its personnel and the public to follow social distancing and masking guidelines as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information about the Defense Department’s health protection protocols is available here.

Carson Frame can be reached at Carson@TPR.org and on Twitter at @carson_frame.

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