Nellis AFB Enters Phase 3 Of Reopening Process

Public Health Emergency On Base Remains In Place

Mitch Kelly
May 28, 2020 - 9:11 am
The entrance to Nellis Air Force Base

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - While Nevada's Phase 2 of its "Roadmap To Recovery" begins on Friday, Nellis Air Force Base is rolling out their Phase 3.

Beginning Monday, Nellis will allow all personnel who work on the base to return.

Gatherings of more than 10 people will still be limited to essential missions and teleworking is still permitted, the base's public affairs office said in a press release.

The base will remain under a public health emergency, which was declared back in April after at least seven cases of the coronavirus were reported in March. Air Force officials limited base access to only mission-essential personnel and those who live at the installation at the time.

A move to the Phase 4, which would allow retirees to access the satellite pharmacy on weekends, will be determined within two to three weeks.

For the base to move into Phases 4 and 5, the following criteria must be met and sustained for at least 2-3 weeks: no significant change in positive COVID-19 cases, robust testing capability, hospital surge capacity, and extensive tracing measures, among other stipulations.

Phase IV will allow full access to the base on weekends only for all eligible patrons. The satellite pharmacy will be available on these weekends for retiree use – details about these special, temporary hours, will be made available in the coming weeks.  Face masks and social distancing will be required at the Exchange, Commissary, and Satellite Pharmacy.

Phase V will permit full access to the base for all eligible patrons. Social distancing requirements will continue to be reduced until they are no longer necessary.