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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Tribune News Service) — The Navy’s Hampton Roads installations are tightening pandemic restrictions after easing them two weeks ago.

The move returns the Navy facility to Health Protection Condition Level (HPCON) Bravo.

Hampton Roads is no longer hitting a key Department of Defense benchmark — new COVID 19 cases at two for every 100,000 area residents — for the lowest level of restriction: HPCON Alpha. COVID-19 case rates in Hampton Roads have been steadily increasing over the past nine days, the Navy said.

HPCON Bravo means workplace occupancy rates are capped at 50%.

Social distancing, personal hygiene measures and the wearing of masks for those who are not immunized are still required, as they were for HPCON Alpha.

Military personnel in Hampton Roads must also follow state and local guidance when off base.

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Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Santos administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Rear Adm. Scott Robertson aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Santos administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Rear Adm. Scott Robertson aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Jacob Hilgendorf/U.S. Navy)

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