2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Expanding & Sustaining Operations

Last Updated: January 25, 2021
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Commanders can use the following resources to guide decisions regarding changes in Health Protection Conditions (HPCONs) and health protection measures as part of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic response. Commanders must balance force readiness with actions necessary to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 on installations and within their communities. Commanders will need to apply appropriate health protection measures to balance risks and consequences for their installations and communities.

When considering an HPCON transition, the installation Commander should evaluate the:

  • Army guidance, mission, and training priorities
  • Healthcare capacity
  • Disease epidemiology
  • Laboratory testing capability
  • Capability to implement Army Public Health prevent, detect, and respond measures


Returning to the Workplace

The following resources provide recommended actions for the safe re-integration of the total Army workforce (Soldiers, DA Civilians, contractors, and volunteers). Installation Commanders, Public Health Emergency Officers (PHEOs), and health departments must work together to determine which actions are needed to balance mission completion with the safety of their workforce.


Guidance for Clearing Individuals with a History of Confirmed or Presumed COVID-19 Infection to Return to the Workplace | APHC

Guidance for Clearing Personnel to Return to the Workplace during COVID-19 Pandemic | APHC

Guidance on Returning to Work | OSHAExternal Link

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19, May 2020 (CDC)External Link

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes | Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)External Link

General guidance related to cleaning and disinfecting is available at https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/CleanDisinfectHouseholds.aspx


Sustaining Workplace Operations

Installation Commanders and Public Health staff should adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help control workplace hazards and protect the health and safety of all personnel on their installations.

Sustaining Workplace Operations (PDF guide) | APHC

-Sustaining Workplace Operations - Building Readiness Annex | APHC


Medical & Dental Facilities, & Mortuary Affairs

TIP No. 98-109-0420 Improvising Negative Pressure Isolation Areas


COVID-19: Face Coverings, Masks, & Respirators: Know the Difference and When to Use Them


Recommended Actions for Resumption of Workplace Operations: Dental Clinics


TIP 98-108-0420 COVID-19 Engineering Controls and Verification for Medical Treatment Facilities


Best Practices and Recommendations

COVID-19 | Sustaining Operations: Maximizing Unit Readiness Quick-Guide

Army Hearing Program Best Practices for each Health Protection Condition During the COVID-19 Response

COVID-19: Aim for the Lowest Achievable Risk

COVID-19: Environmental Health Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation


MTF Audiology Service Best Practices for each Health Protection Condition During the COVID-19 Response

Recommended Actions for Occupational Health Staff for each Health Protection Condition During the COVID-19 Response


Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics Treating Companion Animals during the COVID-19 Response is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/veterinarians.htmlExternal Link


Administrative Settings

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) general office setting guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Industrial Settings

COVID-19 | SUSTAINING OPERATIONS: Industrial Operations

AIHA small manufacturing, repair, and maintenance shop guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Laboratory Settings

Information, interim guidance and resources for laboratory professionals working with specimens from persons under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/index.htmlExternal Link


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers guidance for laboratory workers and employers at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/additional_resources.htmlExternal Link


Department of Public Works

TIP 98-114-0420 Returning Building Water Systems to Service

TIP 98-113-0420 Measures to Modify Building HVAC for Occupant Health & Comfort during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19: Guidance for HVAC Filter Removal and Disposal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers guidance for wastewater and environmental services workers and employers at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/additional_resources.htmlExternal Link

Official Travel

The following resources are provided to aid in determining if travel is an option for a particular official mission, and if so, the regulations and processes to be followed. This is general information, local processes and policies may also be in place.


Safety Resource for Approved Travelers


Lodging in HPCON Bravo

A number of considerations and recommendations exist for Barracks and housing/households as installations expand operations for each HPCON.

Information on Barracks and Housing/Households is available at the APHC COVID-19 Facilities page

Draft Permanent Change of Station (PCS) travel guidance is available at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-802776 (CAC required)External Link

Installation Services

AIHA guidelines for safely reopening a variety of services are available at https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link

Childcare Services and Schools

Child and Youth Services Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information Sheet


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers comprehensive guidance for child care programs, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#ScreenChildrenExternal Link

Additionally, the CDC provides interim guidance for administrators of K-12 schools and child care programs, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.htmlExternal Link

ChildCare.gov provides links to COVID-19 information provided by each state and territory to help families and child care providers stay informed during this fast-moving and developing situation. Visit https://childcare.gov/covid-19External Link for more information.

AIHA Childcare Center Guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Food Services

Information on food establishments, commissaries, and AAFES is available at the APHC COVID-19 Facilities page

AIHA restaurant guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Recreational Facilities

Information on public pools, fitness centers, and other recreational facilities is available at https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/CleanDisinfectHouseholds.aspx

The CDC provides guidance for administrators in parks and recreational facilities at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/park-administrators.htmlExternal Link

AIHA Gym and Workout Facility Guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Barber Shops and Beauty Salons

Recommended Barber and Beauty Shop Practices During COVID-19


AIHA hair and nail salon guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Retail and Customer Service

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers guidance for retail and customer service workers at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/additional_resources.htmlExternal Link


AIHA retail guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link

Worship Services

The CDC offers Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/guidance-community-faith-organizations.htmlExternal Link

AIHA worship services and religious gatherings guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link


Transportation Services and Vehicles

COVID-19 Guidance for rideshare, taxi and car service workers is available at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA4021.pdfExternal Link

Information on cleaning and disinfecting non-emergency transport vehicles is available at https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/CleanDisinfectHouseholds.aspx

TIP 98-125-0820 Mitigating SARS-COV2 Virus Risk Associated with Vehicle Usage 

AIHA rideshare, taxi, limo, and other passenger drivers-for-hire guidelines: https://www.backtoworksafely.org/External Link