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Cloth masks required at certain times on Eglin Air Force Base

Officials say Team Eglin will phase in wear of masks this week while continuing to support ongoing mission essential activities. (WJHG/WECP)
Officials say Team Eglin will phase in wear of masks this week while continuing to support ongoing mission essential activities. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 6, 2020 at 5:24 PM CDT
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The Department of Defense released new guidelines for military bases to make sure service members, civilian employees, and their families are safe during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials at Eglin Air Force Base say starting Monday, all individuals on base property and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. They say this goes for all military personnel, civilian employees, family members, DoD contractors, and anyone else on Eglin property.

Officials say people can fashion face covering from household items or common materials, such as a clean T-shirt or other clean cloth that can cover the nose and mouth area. Medical personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators or surgical masks will not be issued for this purpose as these will be reserved for the appropriate personnel.

“The safety and well-being of the Eglin Force and our families will always be my top priority,” said Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, 96th Test Wing commander. “We will always provide our personnel the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Eglin Air Force Base officials say they will continue to implement health protection conditions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

They say the CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

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