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😷 Kunsan COVID-19 UPDATE 😷

Areas I, III, IV and the Seongnam District (K-16) have transitioned to HPCON Bravo. Area II remains in HPCON Charlie until further notice. It is critical that all members of the Wolf Pack remain vigilant and continue to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this directive. 

In order to protect the Pack, this directive must be followed by all military personnel, family members, US and Korean National civilian employees, DoD contractors, retirees, and any other persons with access to Kunsan Air Base.

The Republic of Korea is at social-distancing level 1.5, with exception of the greater Seoul metropolitan area, which is at level 2. Peninsula-wide, only groups of four or less are allowed to gather or eat together at restaurants. All restaurants close at 10:00 p.m. 

The following applies to all military personnel, family members, U.S. and Korean National civilian employees, DoD contractors, retirees, and any other individuals with access to Kunsan AB.

ON-BASE MASK-WEAR:
While on base, unless mission requirements dictate otherwise, members must wear their masks BOTH indoors and outdoors, when 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained. Required indoor mask-wear locations include, but are not limited to, all on-base services, work centers, and other high-traffic areas. Base services include, but are not limited to, the BX, food court, Commissary, Shoppette, post office, Wolf Pack Lodge, social lounges, bowling alley, Loring Club, and the gym, when not actively exercising. In work centers, mask-wear is required in hallways, elevators, stairs, common areas, and whenever 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained, so long as the mission permits. Due to mission impediment, mask-wear is not required while outside on the flightline, when controlling at RAPCON, or in the tower. When in a mandatory mask-wear location, personnel may remove their masks while eating or drinking. In uniform, surgical masks or cloth masks may be worn. Cloth masks must be black, white, tan, brown, olive drab green, OCP or ABU in color. Personnel must wear a mask, whether on or off base, when in a vehicle with any person who does not reside in the same household.

OFF-BASE MASK-WEAR:
While off-base, mask wear is mandatory at all times unless participating in an outdoor activity that allows for 6 feet of separation – for example, running, hiking, or biking. Any person off base not wearing an appropriate mask may be fined up to 100,000 won – approximately $87 – by the Republic of Korea. The following masks are NOT authorized off base, and could result in the same fine incurred for not wearing a mask at all: balaclavas, neck gaiters, mesh masks, masks with a valve, clothing items or scarves, or any mask that is not worn to cover both the nose and the mouth. The only authorized masks for off-base wear are reusable cloth masks or valveless medical masks. Upon arrival at Kunsan, personnel will be issued at least one reusable cloth mask that is in compliance with Republic of Korea standards. If the issued mask is lost, members may contact their first sergeant for a replacement. Personnel may also purchase additional masks on their own that are compliant with ON-BASE ACTIVITIES: All on-base U.S. facilities and services are open. Although there is no maximum capacity for services, social distancing and mask-wear must be adhered to at all times. Saunas and steam rooms at on-base facilities are off limits until further notice.

SELF-MONITORING:
Feeling sickly? Leave quickly! (GO HOME, DO NOT GO TO THE MEDICAL CLINIC) Personnel identifying as sick will immediately return to their residence and contact the Kunsan COVID Symptom line at 010-3658-0752 during duty hours. For after hour care or immediate life threatening medical emergencies dial 911. In order to aid Public Health with contact tracing in the event of a positive case, all members must keep a detailed 14-day log, which will include locations, dates, and durations of visits. In the event a member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be transported to Osan AB for isolation. Members should reference the recommended "Go Bag " packing list on Kunsan's SharePoint (https://kunsan.eis.pacaf.af.mil/8FW/COVID-19/SitePages/Home.aspx) under the Wolf Pack Guidance tab, CoQ/Quarantine docs folder.

ON-BASE ACTIVITIES:
All on-base U.S. facilities and services are open. Although there is no maximum capacity for services, social distancing and mask wear must be adhered to at all times. Saunas and steam rooms at on base/post facilities are off limits until further notice.

OFF-BASE ACTIVITIES: 
Bars and clubs remain off limits and are defined as any establishment whose primary purpose is to serve alcohol or requires patrons to be 19 years of age. Effective 15 February, 2021, saunas, public bathhouses, gyms, fitness facilities, martial arts classes, aerobic classes, dance classes, internet cafes, karaoke, and singing or music lessons are authorized in Areas I, III, and IV. Bars, clubs, and large gatherings remain restricted IAW USFK and local ROK policies.

ON-PENINSULA TRAVEL:
Leisure travel within Areas I, III, IV, including Jeju Island, is authorized. Leisure travel to the Seongnam District for HPCON Bravo activities is not authorized. Members traveling to Seongnam District must assume HPCON Charlie protocols. Exceptions to these restrictions for official duties may be waived by the first O-6 in the member's chain of command. Travel through Area 2 with the purpose of transiting yourself or another member to Incheon Airport is authorized travel in this region. If overnight lodging is required in Area 2, a waiver is required by the first O-6 in the member's chain of command. As of 15 February, 2021, there will be no restrictions on bubble to bubble travel to Youngsan Garrison. All other on peninsula installations remain unrestricted. Members may also visit the areas directly outside unrestricted USFK installations (i.e. Songtan Entertainment District SED), so long as all HPCON guidance for that region is followed. USFK continually monitors COVID-19 conditions on the peninsula and will reevaluate assessments as required. Reference https://www.usfk.mil for the most current HPCON conditions and travel restrictions. Public transportation is authorized only within HPCON Bravo locations. Members are encouraged to use caution and must wear their masks at all times. The use of public transportation is prohibited in areas with HPCON Charlie restrictions. Members are permitted to stay at accommodations on or off base (hotels, family/friends’ homes, campsites) in Area IV. Members are not permitted to stay off USFK installations in all other areas IAW HPCON Charlie restrictions.

OFF-PENINSULA TRAVEL:
Travel outside of the RoK is authorized in accordance with the 8th Fighter Wing Leave Policy, which you can review on the ‘Inbound/Quarantine/ROM’ page on this website.

USFK COVID-19 Hotspot Tracker

COVID-19 Terms and Definitions

Feeling sickly? Leave quickly!

Return to your quarters and contact the 8th Medical Group at 782-CARE (2273) or at 010-3658-0752 during duty hours.

For after hours or emergency services: Dial 911 (on base phones) or 063-470-0911 (Korean cellphone) to receive URGENT care for any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

For non-urgent notification of suspected COVID-19 contact: Contact 8th Medical Group Public Health at 782-4510/4509 or at 010-5464-3928 if you believe you have had close contact with individuals carrying COVID-19.

All members must keep a 14-day log with locations, dates, and durations of visits. Members should reference the recommended "Go-Bag" packing list on Kunsan's Sharepoint.

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