Commissaries halt sidewalk sales, promotional activities in response to coronavirus

Julia LeDoux
March 13, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Defense Commissary Agency

The coronavirus is now impacting operations at commissaries around the world.

Sidewalk sales scheduled for April and May have been called off, said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

“The cancellation of these events is due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our employees, customers and industry partners,” she said in a release.

DeCA is also halting in-store product demonstrations, which includes its free coffee program; group tours; vendor-sponsored events and new CLICK2GO celebrations.

Month of the Military Child activities such as store tours and coloring contests have also been suspended, according to the release.  Recipients of this year’s Scholarships for Military Children will receive their awards without public ceremonies.  Vietnam War-era veteran recognition ceremonies are also being postponed.

In addition, the agency announced that all meetings with its industry partners will be done electronically through teleconference or WebEx until further notice.

The announcement noted that the agency follows the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control protocols to help ensure public safety and mission readiness.

“Our commissaries undergo daily sanitizing, disinfecting and cleaning regimes tailored to protect our customers’ health,” said Army Lt. Col. Angela Parham, DeCA director of health and safety.

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