SANTA RITA, Guam (Aug. 20, 2020) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffrey Grimes has directed the setting of Health Protection Condition Charlie (HPCON C) for NBG installations, tenant commands, and organizations. NBG personnel and patrons are strongly urged to follow all mitigation measures and current mandates set forth as part of an aggressive campaign to prevent the community spread of COVID-19.
“These actions are necessary given the rise in cases we are seeing throughout the community, both on and off Naval Base Guam,” Grimes said. “We will continue to assess the risks based upon the case trends for COVID-19. I implore all those who live and work on base to do their part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”
At this time, base access for all authorized patrons has not changed. All valid ID card holders including, retirees and their dependents, and Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders are able to access NBG installations every day of the week. All eligible patrons will be authorized to shop at the Orote Commissary and all Navy Exchange (NEX) retail outlets during normal operating hours.
The Orote Commissary is open daily, except on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Main NEX will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All patrons are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for a complete listing of services, operating times, and for future updates to include any changes to base access.
All patrons must adhere to the following policies and procedures:
- If you are Sick - Stay Home! Patrons who are experiencing flu-like symptoms will not be permitted access to NBG Installations or NEX and Orote Commissary facilities. These patrons should stay at home or otherwise isolate themselves and telephonically contact appropriate medical authority.
- The use of face coverings is mandatory when entering NBG installations and all on-base facilities to include the NEX and Orote Commissary. Those who are NOT wearing a face covering will NOT be allowed entry into any NBG facilities.
- While inside NEX, Orote Commissary and NBG facilities, and while waiting to enter these facilities, all patrons must adhere to strict social distancing practices and remain no less than six feet away from all other persons to the greatest extent possible.
- The parking lot for the Orote Commissary will only be open when the store opens. Patrons are advised to abide by all posted traffic signs and markings. Patrons are advised to NOT move or drive around traffic cones and barriers. Patrons shall NOT enter the parking lot until Security opens it.
- The number of personnel shopping per family should be minimized to the maximum extent possible. Wherever feasible, it is strongly recommended that children should not accompany shoppers. If children do accompany shoppers, parents must ensure children maximize social distancing and prevent unnecessary interactions with other patrons.
- To preserve inventory of critical public health supplies, the Commissary and NEX may limit the purchase of certain high-demand items for patrons.
- To ensure equitable distribution of commercial products, NEX and Commissary will continue to limit patrons to one (1) shopping cart per family. Additionally, patrons are prohibited from making purchases which are excessive or unreasonably disproportionate in volume. Excessive purchasing of all products will be monitored and enforced. There will be no restock of cleaning/sanitation supplies during the day.
- Social Gatherings Limits: Outdoor social gatherings onboard NBG are authorized. However, outdoor social gatherings must adhere to social distancing and cloth face covering protocols, and must NOT exceed ten (10) persons. Indoor social gatherings onboard NBG, for those who do not share the same residence or dwelling unit, are prohibited.
- Prohibition on Organized Sports: Organized competitions, team sports, tournaments, and leagues are not authorized, indoor or outdoor, onboard NBG.
NBG, in consultation with public health authorities, will continue to evaluate and make changes to NBG policies, as required, to ensure a proper balance between public health and mission readiness. All persons are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for updates.