FORT LEE, Va. – Military commissaries worldwide are canceling many special events such as the April/May sidewalk sales because of coronavirus concerns, said the sales director of the Defense Commissary Agency.

“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,” Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales, said.

In addition to spring sidewalk sales, DeCA is canceling in-store product demonstrations, which includes DeCA’s free coffee program; group tours; vendor-sponsored events; new CLICK2GO celebrations; and Month of the Military Child activities such as store tours and coloring contests. This year’s Scholarships for Military Children recipients will receive their awards but without public ceremonies.

The agency is also postponing Vietnam War-era veterans’ recognition ceremonies; and effective March 16, and until further notice, all agency meetings with its industry partners will be done electronically through teleconference or WebEx.

DeCA’s announcement comes as the commissary agency follows DOD and CDC health care protocols to help ensure public safety and mission readiness.  

Customers are advised to check their store for details or visit their store page for any local activities that affect their store.

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