Message from the Commanding Officer

Team Cherry Point,

With the arrival of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer will be upon us. The change of seasons brings with it a host of challenges and opportunity as we continue to deal with COVID-19. This week, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina would move into phase two of the state’s coronavirus response: “Safer at Home.” Phase 2, which begins at 5 p.m., May 22, provides increased opportunity for the economy to reopen while continuing the closure of other venues such as bars, museums, indoor entertainment activities, gyms and fitness studios. Gathering limits have been eased to groups of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Restaurants, salons, personal care establishments and pools can reopen at 50 percent capacity.

In the spirit of opening services on the air station, while all together protecting our workforce and families, you will see more things open at a reduced capacity. This includes dine-in eating at our restaurants at a reduced capacity with social distancing in-place. We will open our theater with patrons appropriately spaced to provide social distance. Our Single Marine Program will be reestablished at the Roadhouse. Next week our Devil Dog Gym and Hancock Gym will open to family members and retirees, of course with existing capacity limitations, distancing and personal protective equipment requirements enforced).

As these venues open, I ask that you respect the social distancing measures that have been put in place the safety of all patrons (please refer to mccscherrypoint.com for details). Respect the employees who have been asked to reinforce these measures. Due to the necessary capacity limitations, everyone will not be immediately accommodated. Please be patient as we continue to work through the new procedures.

You have been doing a fantastic job of living with the constraints of our COVID-19 response. Your efforts have paid dividends as the number of cases aboard Cherry Point remain very low — in fact there are no active cases of anyone who lives or works on the air station today. That said, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Please continue the disciplined, individual effort and faith that has brought our community through thus far.

Stay healthy.  Stay positive.  Stay strong Cherry Point!

Semper Fidelis,

Col Huber