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Cloth Protection Required on Military Installations

April 5, 2020

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Effective immediately all individuals on all Department of Defense properties worldwide are directed to wear cloth face coverings when they can’t practice proper social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus in a memo Sunday morning from U.S. Security of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper.

The latest DOD Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

Individuals will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. This directive does not apply to a service member’s personal residence on a military installation.

This applies to all military personnel, department contractors, civilian employees, family members and all other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities.

Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by local commanders or supervisors, and then submitted up the chain of command for situational awareness. Security checkpoints may require the lowering of face covers to verify identification.

Individuals are encouraged to make face coverings from household items or common materials, such as clean T-shirts or other clean cloths that can cover the nose and mouth.

Retirees on-base for the commissary, exchange or medical facilities need to comply.

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