Statement by Department of Defense on enhanced health protection measures for the Pentagon Reservation Published March 14, 2020 Department of Defense WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- To assist public health efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect Defense Department employees and visitors, additional force health protections will be implemented at the Pentagon and associated facilities in the National Capital Region, including the Mark Center, Defense Health Headquarters, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and DOD leased facilities. Effective midnight on Sunday, March 15, 2020: All unofficial visits are suspended, to include personal guests and friends of DoD personnel and contractors. All large gatherings, such as retirement and promotion ceremonies, shall cease. All Pentagon Tours have been suspended since March 12, 2020. All official visits by international partners and visitors are suspended. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the secretary of defense, deputy secretary of defense, chief management officer (on behalf of the Fourth Estate), director of the Joint Staff, as delegated by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the secretaries of the military services. Any individual, DoD civilian, military service member, contractor, or official visitor with recent international travel may not enter the Pentagon facilities within 14 days from the date of their arrival back to the United States. Access may be restored on the 15th day, if the individual remains asymptomatic. Sponsoring offices for visits to the Pentagon building, Mark Center, Defense Health Headquarters, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and other Pentagon facilities must register official visitors at least 24 hours in advance through the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Visitor Management System. Official visits to DoD leased facilities will be managed by the designated officials or security managers. Additional information may be found on https://www.whs.mil/Coronavirus/.