WASHINGTON– Some military bases will have the ability to begin bringing back some personnel and take the first major action toward a return to normal operations today, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The statement came as the Pentagon laid out in-depth strategies that will govern how the department and its forces worldwide will gradually and systematically start to lift limitations put in place by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Defense authorities did not state the number of bases or where they were, however said the places would be made public.
Speaking with Pentagon reporters, Matthew Donovan, the department’s under secretary for workers, stated that some places will have the ability to “go green immediately” based upon the conditions in their region and a down trend in infection cases or positive COVID-19 tests that has actually lasted for 2 weeks. He said the locations would be on a list that will be released, and would adhere with Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance assessments of regions where the virus was declining.
Previously, all Defense Department setups have been at “phase absolutely no” which requires that a minimum of 80%of the workforce be teleworking, and mandates social distancing, masks and other health safety measures.
Under the plans launched Tuesday, there are four more stages. Each one requires a two-week decrease in virus cases and other conditions at the base and the surrounding neighborhood in order to relocate to the next phase.
According to Donovan, the bases who might “go green” and move from stage absolutely no to phase one as of Tuesday night will have satisfied a number of conditions for both the setup and its surrounding area. Those conditions consist of the two-week downward trend of infection cases, sufficient schedule of health care, testing, day care, personal protective equipment and available transit.
Those centers might start to reduce the variety of individuals teleworking to 60%and begin having events of as much as 10 people, as long as there is continued social distancing.
At stage 2, fitness centers and some expanded food court options might open, with social distancing, and as little as 20%of the labor force could be teleworking. And if all goes well for another 2 weeks, bases would relocate to stage three, which allows workers to return to their offices, with exceptions permitted individuals.
The Pentagon, for example, has actually presently seen a down trend in virus cases for eight days. However any relocation to the next phase would be contingent on a similar decline in the region, together with elimination of local and state stay-at-home orders currently in place, and the accessibility of daycare, transit and other health services.
The decisions are made by the military service secretaries and combatant leaders around the globe.
Pentagon authorities likewise on Tuesday launched updated guidelines for military travel and deployments. The new guidelines raise obligatory dates prohibiting travel, and now allow leaders to make choices based upon regional conditions. The standards lay out requirements for 14- day seclusion periods when moves take place.
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