Fleet Readiness Center taking precautions on reopening non-essential services


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic shared on Facebook that while many states are relaxing coronavirus restrictions, they do not all apply to military members. Chiefs and officers will be having future discussions regarding the reopening of base services after coronavirus closures.

For now, the “Bottom line, Up Front” (BLUF) guidelines say service members will limit travel to and from their place of residence or work with stops only for essential business (food, medical, pharmacy, gas, and childcare services.)

Service members are prohibited from visiting, patronizing, or engaging in the following off-installation specific facilities, services, or activities:

  • Recreational swimming pools, gyms, fitness facilities, exercise classes, saunas, spas, and salons
  • Tattoo, body art, and piercing parlors
  • Barbershops, hair or nail salons, and massage parlors
  • Cinemas and theaters
  • Participation in team/organized sports
  • Dine-in restaurants (take-out authorized), bars, night clubs, casinos, conferences, sporting events, concerts, public celebrations, parades, public beaches, amusement parks or other events designed to promote large gatherings to include indoor religious services
  • Outdoor recreation (playgrounds, etc.) where common use facilities are used and if a minimum of six feet physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Non-essential commercial retail establishments and shopping malls
  • In-residence social gatherings that include more than 10 guests that do not reside in the residence

Note from military officials: These prohibitions are a lawful general order under Article 92 of the UCMJ. Any person subject to the UCMJ who violates or fails to obey this order may be subject to disciplinary action.

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