Dover Air Force Base adjusts access to facility

DOVER – In an effort to ensure unit readiness at Dover Air Force Base, protect the community and address the COVID-19 threat, Col. Matthew Jones, the 436thAirlift Wing commander, directed new base access procedures.

Effective Wednesday, retired military members, their dependents and approved Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders will only be allowed access to the installation on Wednesdays and Saturdays, during which they will have exclusive access to the commissary and pharmacy (once reopened).

On these days, retirees, their dependents and VHIC holders will also have shared access to other base facilities, including but not limited to the Base Exchange, shoppette and base post office. This policy does not apply to the housing side of base.

Active-duty members and their dependents will only have access to the commissary on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and access to the pharmacy on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This group will have access to other base facilities throughout the week.

In accordance with assessments by base public health officials, the pharmacy is expected to reopen on Friday. All beneficiaries are encouraged to enroll in Express Scripts mail-order pharmacy ( as a precaution.

“We are implementing these changes because we care about all of Team Dover, including our retired military members,” said Col. Jones. “Our military retirees are the longest serving members of Team Dover, and we remain dedicated to honoring their service. In response to this dynamic and ever-changing situation, we must continue to ensure mission readiness while providing for the health and safety of our entire community.”

Dover AFB remains in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie. Members and families are encouraged to practice prevention measures already in place, including following strict personal hygiene, social distancing, staying home except for essential errands or work and contacting their healthcare provider if they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

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Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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