Effective April 8, all individuals on Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station will wear protective face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of physical distance in all public areas and work centers. The Department of the Air Force supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the spread of the disease.
This new policy is in accordance with the guidance issued by Secretary Mark Esper, the United States Secretary of Defense, on April 5, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas where community based transmission is of greater risk.
This directive applies to all service members, DoD civilian employees, family members, DoD contractors, and all other individuals on Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain AFS. This does not include a member’s personal residence on the military installation, privately owned vehicle, or while exercising outside (as long as the six foot physical distancing rule is observed). All vehicle occupants when entering the installation should keep their windows up, hold the back of their ID card up to the window and remove their mask to allow the installation entry controller to make proper identification.
Until the Air Force issues further guidance on the wear for service members, these face masks should be self-procured and remain conservative and professional in nature. Additionally, interim cloth face covers are approved for wear. N-95 and surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers.
The base pharmacy, commissary and base exchange have been directed to turn away anyone who is not wearing a face covering until further notice.
Peterson AFB is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of its service members, Total-Force mission partners, DoD civilian employees, families and community in response to COVID-19 and will continue to implement force protective measures to mitigate the spread of this virus.
Peterson AFB remains in health protection condition C in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Colorado. The HPCON C declaration defines base measures for a substantial health threat to base personnel that has the potential for widespread community transmission of the virus.
For the guidance referenced above, go to: Caution-https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/05/2002275059/-1/-1/1/DOD-GUIDANCE-ON-THE-USE-OF-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.PDF < Caution-https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/05/2002275059/-1/-1/1/DOD-GUIDANCE-ON-THE-USE-OF-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.PDF >
For additional information regarding Peterson AFB and the impacts of COVID-19 visit, Caution-https://www.peterson.af.mil/Coronavirus/.