Dover Air Force Base orders Covid-related restrictions

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A C-17A Globemaster III taxis down the flight line prior to takeoff Jan. 9, 2019 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Thirteen C-17As are assigned to Dover AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Dover Air Force Base, one of Delaware’s largest employers, has moved to teleworking, occupancy restrictions and curbs on the size of gatherings.

Citing Delaware Gov. John Carney’s recent emergency order and a urge in Covid-19 cases the base activated what is known as HPCON Charlie. The designation comes when an area around a base sees a high level of community transmission of the virus.

“Teleworking and virtual meetings should be utilized to the greatest extent possible. Workplace occupancy will be less than 25%, unless exempted by commanders,” a social media post from the base stated. “All personnel will maintain physical distancing and wear a mask while indoors on the installation. Social gatherings will not exceed 10 people. Mission support services will remain open in accordance with appropriate mitigation measures. Leave will be approved per AFI 36-3003, in accordance with each organization’s most current policy.”

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Delaware, like other states, has seen a surge in Covid-19, with a record number of hospitalizations related to the virus.

The surge is believed to be related to the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

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