SANTA RITA, Guam (June 12, 2020) – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer, Capt. Jeffrey Grimes has directed the restoration of base access for all authorized patrons and the resumption of some normally provided base services starting June 15. NBG will remain in Health Protection Condition Charlie (HPCON C).
Effective Monday, all valid ID card holders including, retirees and their dependents, and Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders will be 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 will be 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 persons are encouraged to monitor NBG social media for a complete listing of services, operating times and for future updates.
While some restrictions have been lifted, NBG will continue to enforce previously implemented HPCON C mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These mitigations include the following:
- 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.
- Outdoor facilities (e.g. dog parks, beaches, playgrounds, etc.) remain open for use, however, all persons must practice social distancing protocols from those not within their household or immediate family unit.
“The measures that were previously in place have proven effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This, combined with the departure of the remaining USS Theodore Roosevelt crew members, provided the conditions for which the restoration of access and some limited services can occur,” Grimes said. “I appreciate the community’s understanding as we aggressively responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic to preserve our National Defense readiness. By our individual actions we, as a community, as an island and as a TEAM, demonstrated that we can collectively stop the further spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we continue to do our part to get through this pandemic together.”
All patrons must adhere to the policies and procedures established by the installation. Restrictive measures may be reinstated if there is an increased trend in the rate of infection or other adverse effects. NBG, in consultation with public health authorities, will continue to evaluate and make changes to NBG policies to ensure a proper balance between public health and mission readiness.