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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.
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
Thank you for your
continued support and understanding.
Face Coverings and
Mask Wear Policy
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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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
e. When necessary
to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.
f. When conducting physical activities outside by
themselves or with cohabitants.
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.
actively using cardio equipment.
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.
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Last updated: October 18,
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
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.
will continue to operate with the following added precautions:
Measures Taken in the CDCs
Taken in the SAC Programs
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