During the COVID-19 pandemic, military retail is doing all it can to keep exchanges and commissaries well stocked and clean while supporting social distancing.
Here are a few things you should know and consider about accessing military retail stores during the COVID-19 national emergency and any local installation-declared public health emergencies associated with the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Follow local guidance regarding public movement, social distancing, and self-isolation.
- Stay home if possible, especially if you aren’t feeling well.
- Know before you go. Many commissaries are limiting access only to the authorized shopper. This supports social distancing and minimization of exposure. Do not bring accompanying visitors with you to commissaries and exchanges at this time.
- Understand there may be quantity limits put on certain products at commissaries and exchanges. Buy only what you need.
- Check shopping hours. There may be hours set aside for certain authorized shoppers. Before you make the trip, check to see whether there are local shopping hour restrictions.
- Use your debit or credit card when you can. Handling cash can pass germs.
- Keep in mind that as security postures and health protection conditions (HPCON) increase at military installations, access may change and vary between installations.
- It’s a good idea to check with your local installation about their access restrictions before you make the trip.
- We’re all in this together.
For information, visit the military retail organization websites and social media sties:
- Commissaries: https://www.commissaries.com/coronavirus
- Army and Air Force Exchange Service:
- Coast Guard Exchange:
- Marine Corps Exchange:
- Navy Exchange: https://www.mynavyexchange.com/NEXUpdates
Jane Westbay is a program analyst for DoD with the Morale, Welfare, Recreation, and Resale Policy office under Military Community and Family Policy.