PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland – NAS Patuxent River announced the facility has raised the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) from Bravo to Charlie.

The change is a result of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Southern Maryland.

HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders make the decision to set the levels using local, state, and national guidance. 

According to the Department of Defense, under condition Charlie, military personnel should:

  • Expect cancellation of in-person gatherings (such as school, daycare and all community activities) and restricted ability to travel.
  • Plan activities for family members, especially children, in case you are restricted to your home for prolonged time periods.
  • Prepare for the potential of limited access to supplies and services, including severely restricted access to military installations.
  • Implement remote work procedures as directed by your employer.

“Our number one concern is health protection & public safety, followed immediately by mission assurance,” said Capt. John Brabazon, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. “The decision to move to HPCON Charlie Minus was made as a result of increased COVID transmission rates in the local community as reported by county and state departments of health and the installation public health emergency officer, and at the direction from Naval District Washington.”