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Exercise Cope North 2021 Participants Support COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts in Guam

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02/01/21 03:20 PM

ASAN, Guam (Feb. 01, 2021) – Exercise Cope North 2021, an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces-led multinational exercise is slated to host military participants from Australia, Japan and deployed U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy aircraft squadrons and personnel in the vicinity of Guam and Palau. All exercise participants are carefully adhering to a number of COVID-19 mitigation measures to protect Guam’s civilian and military communities.

All participants are required to present a negative test result for COVID-19 within 1-3 days of arrival to Guam, and enter into a 14-day supplemental restriction of movement (ROM) upon arrival limiting members to mission essential requirements with adherence to strict force health protection measures.

Service members arriving in Guam in support of Cope North 2021 are scheduled to temporarily reside in off-base hotels for the duration of the exercise. In support of exercise events, service members will only be permitted to travel between their designated hotel room and their appointed place of military duty on Andersen Air Force Base, to include restricted movements once on base and minimal to no interaction with local civilian populations.

Off-base activities are prohibited for all exercise participants during ROM to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. This restriction will be strictly enforced and is for the health and safety of both the local community as well as the service members involved in the exercise.

All Government of Guam Pandemic Condition of Readiness and Executive Order guidelines and military public health orders apply and any service member suspected to be in violation will be investigated and held accountable, if appropriate.