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(Tribune News Service) — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base beginning Tuesday will require masks for all, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, announced Monday evening that he will transition the base to HPCON Charlie, effective 6 a.m. Tuesday, in response to steadily rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Greene and Montgomery counties.

The U.S. Department of Defense health protection condition levels are based on risk levels within a local community. Charlie indicates sustained community transmission.

“We will continue to consistently apply DoD and Air Force guidance as CDC data for the local community changes,” Meeker said.

In addition to masks, screening testing is mandatory for unvaccinated personnel. Also, work spaces, when possible, and social gatherings will be limited to less than 50% of room occupancy.

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