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Holloman AFB to reopen to Department of Defense ID cardholders June 17

By NICOLE MAXWELL | Alamogordo Daily News | Published: June 10, 2020

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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (Tribune News Service) — Holloman Air Force Base will reopen to Department of Defense identification card holders, including retirees, on June 17.

The base went from Health Protection Condition Charlie down to Bravo on Sunday.

The change means that the health threat from COVID-19 coronavirus has gone from a substantial threat to a moderate one.

“We realize that temporarily limiting our base access was frustrating and inconvenient for a lot of people,” Col. Ryan Keeney, 49th Wing commander said. “There are a lot of unknowns with this disease, and we needed to keep the number of people accessing the base and interacting with the base population to an absolute minimum."

This phase of the base's reopening gives access to services such as the commissary, gas station and the base exchange.

"As the nation gets a handle on how this disease works, we can open up the base a bit and continue to get our mission done," Keeney said. "Our retirees for example are a vital part of our community. We are thrilled that the current data supports us getting them back on base, and re-starting more of the services our local community depends on.”

All of those trying to access Holloman Air Force Base will be asked the following questions:

— Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

— Have you had direct contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

— Have you been outside of New Mexico in the last 14-days?

A person's responses to those questions could determine whether that person can access the base.

Social distancing measures are still in force on Holloman Air Force Base including physical distancing, masks and face covering polices, limited shoppers per household and safer hygiene practices, the press release states.

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