COVID-19 UPDATES
COVID-19 Updates

III MEF-MARFORJ

For the latest III MEF and MARFORJ Command Information relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and current Health Production Condition (HPCON), please visit the following link.

https://www.iiimef.marines.mil/Coronavirus/


Valued MCCS Patrons

MCCS Okinawa is taking decisive actions out of an abundance of caution to reduce potential risk and minimize the spread of COVID-19. All of our actions are aligned with our enduring mission to support our community of Warfighters and Families, as well as our MCCS workforce. 

Doing everything we can—in alignment with III MEF/MCIPAC guidance—to help keep our customers and employees safe during this evolving global pandemic is our top priority.

As directed by the MCIPAC Commanding General, the following changes are in effect until further notice. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Face Coverings and Mask Wear Policy

MCIPAC-MCBB Bul 1610

15 Oct 2021

 

1. Face Covering Guidance. Per reference (d), while in Japan, either indoors or outdoors, all personnel are required to wear masks when interacting with Japanese/host nation citizens, excluding immediate family and cohabitants. Additionally, while off USFJ installations, all personnel are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when unable to maintain social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies transmission levels as low, moderate, substantia l, or high per the chart below. The Deputy Secretary of Defense's memorandum of 28 Jul 21 mandates indoor mask wear for personnel serving aboard installations in "substantial" or " high" localities. When the local COVID Transmission Levels are below the threshold of Substantial (as defined by the CDC), then USMC Bases and Stations will set Mask Condition A. When the COVID Transmission Level is above the threshold of Substantial, the USMC Bases and Stations will set Mask Condition B. Official transition notification will be published by the MCIPAC-MCBB G3 and subsequently posted to public facing social media sites.

 

2. Mask Condition A

a. Fully vaccinated persons are NOT required to wear a mask while aboard Marine Corps Installations Pacific-MCB Camp Butler (MC[PAC-MCBB) installations/facilities in Japan except in the following situations:

(1) While interacting with citizens of the host nation. This includes but is not limited to Master Labor Contract (MLC), Indirect Hire Agreement (IHA), Mariners Contract (MC), and Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) personnel.

(2) While utilizing public transportation to include the Green Line and school buses.

(3) While in high traffic common use areas such as Commissaries, Exchanges/Shoppettes, Post Offices, or any Medical/Dental facilities. (Per USFJ guidance on base fitness centers are not included in this list).

(4) While experiencing COVID-like symptoms in accordance with Public Health guidance.

b. Unvaccinated persons must continuously wear masks while on military installations except in accordance with the exceptions found in paragraph 4.

c. Installation/Camp Commanders and Facility Managers may impose additional restrictions and guidance as deemed necessary to promote the health and safety of the force and the members of our community.

 

3. Mask Condition B

a. All personnel regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors aboard Marine Corps installations except in accordance with the exceptions found in paragraph 4.

b. All personnel regardless of vaccination status will wear a mask while outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.


4. Exceptions. Regardless of vaccination status and when required to wear a mask all persons will adhere to the requirement to wear a mask except:

a. When in a resident's assigned domicile or barracks alone or with cohabitants.

b. When an individual is alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls with a closed door.

c. For brief periods when eating or drinking.

d. When the mask is required to be lowered briefly for security identification purposes.

e. When necessary to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.

f. When conducting physical activities outside by themselves or with cohabitants.

g. For individuals below the age two.

h. MCCS Semper Fit facilities. During participation in the below activities patrons may choose to remove their mask. Immediately upon ending active participation patrons must return to wearing masks. For example, patrons must wear masks while resting between games or classes. For a current status of Marine Corps Community Services activities, please see the camp-by-camp listing below. 

(1) While actively using cardio equipment.

(2) While actively participating in instructor-led group fitness classes and/or activities including gymnastics, dance, Zumba, spin classes, martial arts and similar activities.

(3) While actively playing low contact sports such as racquetball and/or basketball.

   

Updates by Camp

 

Camp Schwab

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • BeachHead 
  • BeachHead Gaming Room
  • BeachHead Lounges 
  • Behavioral Health – Community Counseling Center: Telehealth services available at 645-2915 or 645-SAFE (7233)
  • Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse Counseling Center
  • Bowling Center
  • Bulldogs Burgers 
  • Education Center (with virtual counseling and briefs)
  • HITT Center (authorized ONLY for personnel who live or work on Camp Schwab)
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café 
  • Oura Wan Recreation Beach (Pavilions and BBQ grills are open)
  • Power Dome Fitness Center (authorized ONLY for personnel who live or work on Camp Schwab)
  • Resources Office (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • SMP Center 
  • Sumo Burrito 
  • Tsunami Scuba

 

Closed:

  • N/A

 

Camp Hansen

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Behavioral Health – Community Counseling Program
  • Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse Counseling Center
  • Bonsai Coffee
  • Bowling Center
  • Chili’s Express 
  • Education Center (with virtual counseling and briefs)
  • HITT Centers
  • HITT Classes
  • House of Pain Fitness Centers (main and north)
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café 
  • Resource Center (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • SMP Center 
  • The Palms Lounges 
  • The Palms Tradewinds Restaurant and Gaming Rooms
  • Tours + 
  • Tsunami Scuba
  • Typhoon Motors

 

Closed:

  • N/A

 

Camps Courtney and McTureous

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Bayview 
  • Bayview E-Club, Hashmarks SNCO Club and Legends Officers’ Club Lounges 
  • Behavioral Health – Family Advocacy Program
  • Bowling Center
  • Bulldogs Burgers 
  • Courtney Arts and Crafts
  • Courtney Teen Center
  • Courtney Youth Center
  • Chura Warabi Center (full/part daycare only; no hourly care)
  • Gaming Room at the Bowling Center
  • Gaming Rooms at Hashmarks
  • Education Office (with virtual counseling and briefs)
  • Exceptional Family Member Program Satellite Office
  • Ironworks Fitness Center
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café
  • McTureous School Age Care
  • Resource Center (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • SMP Center 
  • Tengan Castle 
  • Tsunami Scuba 
  • Typhoon Motors

 

Closed:

  • Flea Market 

 

Taiyo Golf Club

Open:

  • Nineteenth Hole
  • Gaming Room at Taiyo Steakhouse
  • Golf Course and Pro Shop
  • Halfway House
  • Taiyo Steakhouse 

 

Closed:

  • N/A

   

Plaza Housing

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Butler Officers’ Club (À La Carte Dinner and Sunday Brunch)
  • Butler Officers” Club Lounge 
  • Plaza Fitness Center

 

Closed:

  • N/A

 

Camp Foster

Open:

  • Ashibina Child Development Center (full/part daycare only; no hourly care)
  • Aquatic Center
  • Behavioral Health – Family Advocacy Program
  • Behavioral Health – Community Counseling Program
  • Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse Counseling Center
  • Bonsai Coffee
  • Bowling Center Bowling Lanes
  • Bowling Center Gaming Room
  • Building 1 Gym
  • Bulldogs Burgers 
  • Chimugukuru Child Development Center (full/part day care only; no hourly care)
  • CYP Resource& Referral
  • Education Center (with virtual counseling and briefs)
  • Excellence Gymnastics Academy
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
  • Foster Custom Shop
  • Foster Fieldhouse
  • Foster Framing and Fine Arts
  • Foster School Age Care (no hourly care)
  • Foster Teen Center
  • Foster Youth Center
  • Gunners Fitness Center
  • HITT Center located outside the Navy Hospital Gym
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café
  • Marine Corps Family Team Building Office (with both in-person and virtual training)
  • Martial Arts (non-contact with face covering)
  • Navy Hospital Gym
  • Ocean Breeze— À La Carte Lunch, Lunch Buffets and Dinner
  • Ocean Breeze Gaming Room
  • Ocean Breeze Lounges 
  • Outdoor Recreation Equipment rental
  • Resource Center (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • SMP Center 
  • Shisa Pizza 
  • Special Events (bouncer and party rentals)
  • Sumo Burrito 
  • TERRA
  • Tours+ 
  • Tsunami Scuba
  • Typhoon Motors
  • Warehouse Sales
  • Youth Sports Practice and Games

 

Closed:

  • Community briefs (NOWA) delivered virtually
  • Flea Market 

 

MCAS Futenma

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Behavioral Health
  • Bowling Center 
  • Bulldogs Burgers 
  • Education Center (with virtual counseling and briefs)
  • Habu Pit—À La Carte Lunch and Dinners
  • Habu Pit SNCO and Officers’ Club Lounges 
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café
  • McCutcheon Gym 
  • Resource Center (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • Semper Fit Fitness Center
  • SMP Center 
  • Sumo Burrito 
  • Thirsty’s 
  • Thirsty’s E-Club Lounge 

   

Closed:

  • N/A

   

Camp Kinser

Open:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Behavioral Health – Family Advocacy Program
  • Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse Counseling Center
  • Bowling Center 
  • Bulldogs Burgers 
  • Education Center (with Virtual Counseling and Briefs)
  • Exceptional Family Member Program Satellite Office
  • Kinser Family Fitness Center
  • Kinser Fitness Center and HITT areas
  • Kinser School Age Care (no hourly care)
  • Kinser Youth Center
  • Kinser Teen Center 
  • Library
  • LifeJuice Café
  • Red Barn Country Kitchen
  • Resource Center (with some virtual counseling and briefs)
  • SMP Center 
  • Surfside
  • Surfside Gaming Room
  • Surfside Lounges 
  • Tours+ 
  • Typhoon Motors
  • Yuimaru Center (full/part daycare only; no hourly care)

 

Closed:

  • N/A

     

Camp Lester

Open:

  • Lester Fitness Center

 

Closed:

  • N/A

 

Semper Fit

Open:

  • Active Duty Swim Instruction
  • Aquatic Centers
  • All HITT Centers
  • All indoor basketball courts
  • All Outdoor Facilities and Areas (unless otherwise specified)
  • Aquathlons
  • Aquatic Centers (Camps Schwab, Hansen and Foster)
  • Aquatics Certification Courses
  • Body Fat/RMR Testing
  • Dance Classes
  • Fit Camps
  • Fitness Coordinator Meetings and General Nutrition Consultations
  • Foster Fieldhouse
  • Group Fitness Classes (except spin/cycle)
  • HITT Classes/Courses
  • Indoor HITT Rooms
  • Indoor Team Sports
  • Martial Arts Classes
  • Massage Therapy
  • MCMAP Room
  • Oura Wan Recreation Beach (Camp Schwab), pavilions and BBQ grills are open  
  • Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rental
  • Personal Training
  • Racquetball courts 
  • Saunas & Steam Rooms
  • SMP in-center group events (no food service)
  • SMP in-center videogame tournaments (adhering to social distancing and face covering requirements; no food service)
  • SMP Off-base Community Relation Events
  • SMP outdoor clean-ups
  • Spin/Cycle rooms
  • TriKids, Minikids and Women’s Only Triathlons
  • Unit PT (outdoors w/reduced groups)
  • Wellness Briefs
  • Youth Orientations (appointment only)
  • Youth Sports Activities

  

Closed:

  • N/A


       

Last updated: October 18, 2021 4:13PM  


MCCS CDCs/SACs

 

The health and welfare of the children entrusted to our care at MCCS Child Development Centers (CDCs) and School Age Care (SAC) facilities island-wide will always be our #1 priority. Out of abundant concern for the health and safety of the children, as well as our MCCS employees providing care, MCCS and other U.S. Forces Japan and U.S. government agencies on island have enacted effective, proactive mitigation measures to protect children, employees and our military community at-large from the spread of COVID-19. The success of these mitigation measures has allowed our CDCs here to remain open in support of service members and their families. 

We are actively monitoring the situation in coordination with public healthcare professionals and command elements. If warranted, we will close the CDCs with enough advance notification to allow parents (and their work supervisors, if applicable) to make appropriate arrangements such as family care plans, telework or leave. All of us with MCIPAC/MCB Camp Butler are committed to giving our parents all possible options to work and take care of their parental responsibilities. We truly appreciate our partnership with our SOFA families and appreciate your support and flexibility during this time.

 

CDCs/SACs will continue to operate with the following added precautions:  

  • All visitors must wash their hands and have their temperature checked upon entry of any CYP facility.   
  • Face coverings and social distancing (when possible) are mandatory for staff. Children ages 2 and older are encouraged to wear face coverings. Face coverings are required in SAC, youth centers and teen centers. 
  • Independent play is encouraged.
  • Toys and equipment materials that are exposed to bodily fluids via mouthing, coughing, sneezing, etc. are sanitized and disinfected at least twice a day (or more often as needed). 
  • Entry doors, handles, handrails and doorknobs are disinfected on an hourly basis.
  • Frequently used items and areas are disinfected after each use.
  • All electronics and electronic accessories are wiped down after each use.
  • Recreational/playground equipment are disinfected daily.
  • Couches, tables, play mats, pens, sinks, windowsills and phones are disinfected after each use.
  • Parental involvement in program activities is limited.
  • Children and staff must wash their hands regularly throughout the day.

Additional Measures Taken in the CDCs

  • Only small groups of children are allowed on the playground and/or motor music room.
  • Individual sensory containers are now available to promote independent play.
  • Family style dining/self-service is postponed until further notice (caregivers serve children at all times).
  • During naptime, children are placed in the head to toe position at least 3 feet apart from each other.

Additional Measures Taken in the SAC Programs

  • Activity areas are limited to 10-12 children (to the greatest extent possible). 
  • The number of children eating at any given time is reduced in order to adequately space children at the tables.
  • Breakfast and snack plates are prepared and wrapped individually ahead of time.
  • Shareable toys are disinfected before another child can play with it.
  • Children must wash their hands when they transition to a new activity area.
   

Last updated: October 22, 2021 10:05AM


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