Malmstrom Air Force Base announced Monday that it raised its Health Protection Condition (HPCON) from Bravo to Charlie.
The move to Charlie indicates a threat that requires stricter guidelines for base personnel and visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.
HPCON Charlie includes the following measures:
- Masks must be worn by all individuals aged 5 or older when inside all indoor facilities on and off base. The only exceptions are in homes, the base fitness center, and DFAC when actively eating or drinking.
- The Visitor’s Control Center (VCC) at the main gate will be open by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 731-2853 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. When the VCC is closed, the gate guards will write a temporary pass that will need to be renewed the next day.
- The Fitness Center will be reconfiguring its layout to meet physical distancing standards.
- Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people or less. Masks are required for any outdoor events with 50 people or more and social distancing will still be required.
- Other measures and closures are being considered, but have not been implemented yet.
"Force health protection is our top priority, and we will continue to ensure that all of Team Malmstrom have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus,” said Colonel Jennifer Reeves, the 341st Missile Wing Commander.
Base leaders say, people who develop COVID-19 symptoms or had recent travel to areas considered high-risk, should contact their health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.