US military begins easing coronavirus restrictions for troops on Okinawa

Service members and Defense Department civilians patronize the Kadena Air Base food court on Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, one day before it is scheduled to open again for dine-in services. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)
Service members and Defense Department civilians patronize the Kadena Air Base food court on Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, one day before it is scheduled to open again for dine-in services. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

US military begins easing coronavirus restrictions for troops on Okinawa

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The two military branches making up the bulk of U.S. personnel on Okinawa relaxed both on- and off-base restrictions Wednesday after three weeks with no new positive coronavirus cases on the island.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, 18th Wing commander, ordered the “phased” lifting of force health protection measures in a message posted Wednesday afternoon on Kadena Air Base’s Facebook page. Marine Forces Japan followed suit with a statement that evening.

Starting Thursday, airmen are allowed to purchase take-out food from off-base restaurants, send their children to off-base schools and child care facilities, and visit beaches and public parks, the 18th Wing statement said.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.630458

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