NFARS raises HPCON level to Charlie
914th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 26, 2020
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. --
NFARS has assumed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie in accordance with the issued guidance from the Secretary of Defense to raise the HPCON level to Charlie at all DoD installations globally on March 25, 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the Department of Defense and our local communities.
HPCON Charlie measures include the following actions:
- NFARS will continue essential missions with required manning. Installation operations will be commensurate with federal, state and local guidelines; NFARS commanders will determine the installation’s essential missions and required manning in coordination with mission partners. Commander’s may consider issuing documentation as proof for personnel who require movement to and from NFARS in support of essential missions.
- NFARS will maximize telework and only conduct in-person mission essential meetings that require the fewest personnel.
- Access to NFARS is limited to official business.
- NFARS commanders instruct military members and encourage civilian employees to limit off base travel to movement to/from work, grocery and hospital/medical needs.
- Adhere to strict hygiene (no hand-shaking, frequent hand-washing, clean common-use items).
- Implement social distancing (limit in-person meetings, socials and mass gatherings).
- The Physical Fitness Center, Information Tickets & Travel office and Outdoor Recreation will remain closed until further notice.
- The Falcon Club is serving curbside pickup only to essential mission personnel. The lounge will remain closed.
- The Air Force Federal Credit Union will remain closed to all foot traffic. Members can contact (716) 297-4034 during normal business hours for service.
- Base Lodging, The Base Exchange and Pass and ID office are open only to essential mission personnel. The Base Exchange hours are changed to 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
- Main gate security will ask everyone entering NFARS a series of questions to determine if they are considered a health risk and may deny access to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
If you develop flu-like symptoms with fever and cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19 or had recent travel to areas considered high-risk, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.