11/20/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2020 18:47
DOD Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman has approved additional restrictions for the Pentagon Reservation, which will move the Pentagon Reservation to Health Protection Condition Bravo-Plus effective 5 a.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Both Armed Forces Retirement Home campuses, in Washington, D.C, and Gulfport, Mississippi, will remain at Health Protection Condition Delta, the highest level of protection, due to the vulnerable residents and healthcare workers at our retirement homes.
The Acting Secretary of Defense's number one priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is protecting our workforce. The decision to move to HPCON Bravo-Plus took into account health data provided by state, district and local governments in the National Capital Region, as well as nearby military installations, and is based on a steady increase in COVID-19 cases and positive test results on the Pentagon Reservation since the end of August 2020, as well as an increase in cases in the National Capital Region since the middle of September 2020.
With the change to HPCON Bravo-Plus, the following will take effect at 5 a.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020:
DOD remains committed to protecting our people, maintaining mission readiness, and supporting the whole-of-government effort response to COVID-19. We believe these measures and continued dialogue with Pentagon leadership, as well as with the JTF-NCR and service military districts, will help us continue to mitigate the COVID-19 spread and enable our workforce to continue implementing the National Defense Strategy, with emphasis on transforming the department for great power competition and the expected future strategic environment.
We are continually emphasizing to our people the need to take actions to protect themselves and those around them by employing protective measures, including practicing good hand washing, social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and taking appropriate actions if feeling sick now. These can dramatically decrease the risk of infection and slow COVID-19's spread.
For more information on the Pentagon Reservation response to COVID-19, visit https://www.whs.mil/Coronavirus/
We encourage all DOD personnel to visit https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus for information on staying healthy during the pandemic.