SUBASE suspends food deliveries to base; temporary COVID-19 mitigation measure

GROTON, Conn. – Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) will temporarily suspend the authorized access of local restaurant delivery and local food delivery services onto the installation beginning at Noon, Friday, March 27, until further notice.

The new action is being implemented as a force health protection measure to mitigate spread of COVID-19 and illness to Sailors living on the base and the base workforce.

Sailors and workers on SUBASE may still enjoy food take-out options on the base from the Navy Exchange (NEX)’s Subway and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department’s Fast Attack Food Truck.

Additionally, Sailors and workers on SUBASE may certainly continue to travel off-base and bring their individual take-out meals onto the base.

“In this COVID-19 pandemic, the Navy and SUBASE mission as well as the health and safety of our military members, civilian employees, and families remain priorities,” said Captain Todd Moore, SUBASE Commanding Officer.

Moore explained that as the pandemic continues, he and base leaders are continually exploring new mitigations to prevent possible germ spread to the Sailors and workforce that conduct essential missions and provide critical service support.

Moore also spoke with the presidents of the Eastern Connecticut and Mystic Chambers of Commerce to explain the measure and seek their support in communications. 

“We regret the impact this temporary measure may have on our neighboring restaurants and local food delivery services and request their understanding,” said Moore.

Institutional large-scale food deliveries to the NEX, Commissary, and SUBASE Galley continue and are not impacted by this measure.

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 at SUBASE.