Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo (Moderate Threat): The Health Protection Condition for the installation is Bravo and is characterized as a moderate threat and/or a real risk of exposure to personnel due to a significant outbreak of disease in the local area.
More information is available in DOD Instruction 6200.03, Public Health Emergency Management within the DoD.
Consistent with the Commander, United States Forces Japan’s 10 June 2020 continued declaration of a Public Health Emergency, the installation commander has determined that it is necessary to continue the declaration of a public health emergency. These measures will go into effect immediately and remain in effect until 14 July 2020 unless renewed and republished or sooner terminated by the installation commander.
All implemented preventative measures are mandatory for all personnel present on or assigned to Yokota Air Base including but not limited to U.S. military members, U.S. civilian employees, all dependents, DoD retirees, Host-Nation (HN) employees, contractors, and any other persons accessing this installation. This order also includes those personnel assigned to mission partners/tenant units. Any person who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared public health emergency may be detained. Those not subject to military law may be detained until civil authorities can respond. In addition, any military member who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared PHE may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Those not subject to military law who refuse to obey or otherwise violate this order during this PHE may be subject to administrative action including but not limited to early return of dependents, denial of access, or debarment from the installation.
Gate Procedures: When arriving at the gate, please be sure to:
1. Have a face mask on
2. Have your window rolled down
3. Hold up your ID card to be scanned
4. Flip your ID to allow the Security Forces member to verify the picture
Gate Hours of Operation:
-Terminal and West Gate: 24/7 for pedestrians and vehicles; Everyday
-Fussa Gate: Vehicles 0600-2200; Pedestrians 0600-0100; Everyday
-Supply Gate: Vehicles 0600-1800; Pedestrians 0600-2200; Monday-Friday
-East Gate: Vehicles 0500-0100; Pedestrians 0500-0100; Everyday
Please also note that all screening questions have ceased and personnel, SOFA or JASDF, may use any gate.
DoDEA Schools: Please direct questions to DoDEA Pacific and visit www.dodea.edu/Pacific more information.
School Age Care: Open to currently enrolled Single/Dual military
Child Development Center: Mil-mil and single-parent active duty members
Youth and Teen Center: Closed
Chapel: The base chapel has resumed in-person worship services with COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Online alternative formats remain available. Follow “Yokota AB Chapel” on Facebook for more information and updates on services and other Chapel program events. For counseling appointments call 225-7009.
Legal Office/Tax Center: Clients seen by appointment only. Call 225-8069 for legal assistance or 225-4926 for the tax center.
FSS Activities: Please monitor the Yokota FSS website for event updates at https://yokotafss.com.
Before you schedule your appointment for a new CAC or Uniformed Service ID Card, visit https://www.cac.mil/Coronavirus to see the changes implemented by the DOD concerning CAC/USID cards during COVID-19.
Report to your place of duty as directed. If you are sick, stay home. Those who are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, are directed to report this information to their chain of command and to call the medical appointment line at DSN: 225-8864 Opt. 7 or Cell: 042-552-2510 Ext. 58864 Opt. 7. DO NOT GO TO URGENT CARE IN-PERSON.
To protect our personnel and families from continuing transmission of COVID-19 cases, I have established a local area within Japan. Our local area is defined as the island of Honshu (mainland Japan) excluding the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Yokohama metropolitan area which are still prohibited. Areas in downtown Tokyo (for example Shibuya, Shinkjuku, and Roppongi) are NOT considered part of the local area. The attached maps defines the local area and which locations are prohibited. Members are authorized travel within the local area for any activities not listed as prohibited in paragraph 3. Members are also authorized to visit other military installations within the local area. Members who currently live outside of the local area defined above may travel in the immediate vicinity of their residence for essential services such as dining facilities, grocery stores, shopping, schooling, and medical facilities. All DoD uniformed members must remain in the above defined local area whether on duty, on leave, on liberty, or on pass. SOFA status members of the civilian component and SOFA dependents are highly encouraged to remain within the defined local area and any departure from that local area will subject them to a 14-day Restriction of Movement upon return. For anyone with an extraordinary situation requiring travel beyond definitions in this policy, requests can be made for travel approval from the first General Officer/SES in your chain of command or myself for 374 AW personnel and those units without a local General Officer/SES.
Prohibited non-essential services include bars, night clubs, karaoke clubs, social clubs, public onsens, public baths, Pachinko halls, arcade/gaming centers, off-installation massage services, amusement/theme parks, off-installation gyms and fitness centers, or any facility with a potential for crowds, close contact, or closed spaces where COVID prevention measures cannot be maintained. Public transportation may be used to travel for employment or schooling/daycare when private transportation is unavailable or impractical. For all other activities, travel is only permitted by POV, GOV, or private means. Off-base employment should be conducted in a safe manner using the same social distancing procedures used on base. For off-base schools and daycare facilities, parents should be aware of school policies and make a personal decision based on risk involved with the facility used.
Mission-essential travel outside the local area is authorized during the period of this order. Mission-essential travel includes but is not limited to medical appointments, official duty at another military installation, appointments with Government of Japan officials, U.S. embassy visits, and off-base house hunting. Prior to off-base house hunting, contact to the 374 CES housing office for further information, safety guidance, and prioritization. If there are questions on what qualifies as mission essential travel, please consult your chain of command. Proceed directly to the mission essential appointment from your residence or Yokota Air Base and return directly to your residence or Yokota Air Base using only private or government mode of transportation.
Leave is currently restricted to your personal residence or the defined local area. Leave requests may be approved by first line supervisors.
Space available (Space-A) travel is now limited to ‘category one’ (Emergency Travel) only.
Consistent with Secretary of Defense guidance, all individuals on Yokota Air Base or Tama Hills Recreation Area will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain social distance. This does not include inside a member’s personal residence or while in private lodging in the defined local area. Children 36 months old and younger are not required to wear a face mask. Children in Child Development Center programs are also not required to wear face masks. Multiple individuals riding in the same vehicle are required to wear face masks; however, this does not apply to immediate family members.
Additionally, all personnel who wish to access Yokota Air Base or Tama Hills Recreation Center shall wear masks when in public off-installation in the defined local area and unable to maintain social distancing. Japanese citizens commonly wear masks in public settings and our personnel should also do so off-installation at this time of heightened COVID response to prevent the spread of infection and to promote a responsible image to the host nation civilian population. Additionally, wearing masks off-installation is a preventive and risk mitigation measure that can allow the increase of off-installation activities in a safe manner. Members may remove masks while conducting outdoor exercise activities. Members may temporarily remove their masks while actively consuming food at a restaurant provided they wear a mask into the restaurant and put the mask back on when they are finished with their meal. Any member declining to wear a mask in public during the period of this order and not under one of the exceptions mentioned above may be temporarily denied access to the installation or debarred.
Masks/face coverings are mandatory at the Yokota Air Base Commissary, Base Exchange and all 374th Medical Group, Security Force Squadron and Force Support Squadron facilities unless you are actively working out while practicing physical distancing in the fitness center.
Units will adhere to the five elements of military professional standards: neatness, cleanliness, safety, uniformity, and military image. Face coverings worn by uniformed military members will be conservative, professional, and in keeping with dignity and respect. Any cloth items worn as face coverings (i.e., neck gaiters, neck warmers, balaclavas, etc.) should be functional, cleaned, and maintained in compliance with current AFIs and should cover the mouth and nose. Please contact your unit leadership concerning issued cloth masks for sponsors and dependents.
N-95 and surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers. The use of a cloth face covering does not prevent the wearer from getting sick or eliminate the need to continue the primary mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. All personnel should continue to maintain six feet between themselves and others whenever possible. The cloth face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. The cloth face covering is to help prevent those who are asymptomatic from transmitting, more than protecting oneself from potentially contracting the virus. Please, continue to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information (https://www.cdc.gov/).
All personnel will limit gatherings to 20 or less people in attendance. Squadron Commanders (or equivalent for mission partners/joint service personnel) may approve social gatherings up to 50 people or less. An exception to the public gathering requirements is allowed for attendance at off-installation religious services so long as attendance can be conducted in a safe manner. Those wishing to attend such services off-installation must exercise caution such as physically distancing requirements and wearing masks except for short duration to take part in religious rituals/rights/observances that require consumption. If members find that services are not being conducted in a safe manner, it is their personal responsibility to remove themselves from such an environment. At all times members will implement social distancing (6 feet or 2 meters) or cloth mask wear even when in groups of less than 20 people unless they are only with immediate family members. Personnel who live outside the defined local area may walk a pet near their residence and engage in outdoor exercise near their residence so long as social distancing can be maintained. Personnel who find themselves in an area with a potential for crowds, close contact, or closed spaces where COVID prevention measures cannot be maintained, should immediately remove themselves from that location. If there are questions on public gatherings, please consult your chain of command.
All personnel possessing a DoD ID card or other appropriate access card to Yokota Air Base can continue to access the installation. Contractors must be on an Entry Access List or be escorted by an authorized sponsor solely to fulfill their contractual obligations. Contractors are only authorized to visit their designated place of performance.
The ability to sign in personal visitors is still suspended. Official visitors escorted by U.S. or Japanese military personnel and/or U.S. civilian employees are exempt. Exceptions to this policy for personal visitors will be routed to the first General Officer/SES in the chain of command for tenant organizations that have a General Officer/SES on base. For all other units, the wing commander will be the approval authority. An exception to policy form was previously distributed.
Daily contact tracing logs are required for all military members, civilian component, SOFA-status dependents, and local national employees. Logs will only be reviewed by medical professionals. Log entries are required if the contact meets the following conditions:
a. Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of an individual for longer than 10 minutes with or without a mask on; (Off-base - record the location and duration of your visit)
b. Anyone with whom you had physical contact while caring for, living with, or visiting (with the exception of your immediate family living in your home);
c. Anyone with whom you shared a health care waiting room (please denote time, name of clinic, and location of waiting room; no need to write down all patients names); and
d. Anyone having direct contact with an individual’s secretions (e.g. being coughed or sneezing on).
We will continue to monitor the situation with regard to COVID-19 and provide updates as we receive them. If you or someone you know may be exhibiting these symptoms please contact the Medical Group appointment line at DSN 225-8864 Opt. 7. For updates on the coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT GO TO URGENT CARE.
Call the Medical Group Appointment Line: DSN: 225‐8864 Opt. 7 or Cell: 042‐552‐2510 Ext. 58864 Opt. 7. DO NOT GO TO URGENT CARE IN-PERSON, This COVID hotline is only intended for medical triage.
Your Supervisor & Chain of Command
Yokota Air Base Facebook @YokotaAirBase: https://www.facebook.com/yokotaairbase
Yokota Air Base Website: https://www.yokota.af.mil/COVID-19/
Yokota Connect App
Commander’s Access Line (374AW.PA.CommandersAction@us.af.mil)
DoD COVID-19 News
Yokota Medical Clinic
U.S. Consulate General Naha
U.S. Forces Japan
World Health Organization
Yokota Medical Clinic