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Joint Region brings back mask policy

Amid an increase of coronavirus cases that, according to Joint Information Center data, primarily is growing among military servicemen and women on Guam, Joint Region Marianas issued the following news release moments ago:

Joint Region Marianas (JRM) has updated its mask policy aboard all military installations in Guam following an increase in COVID-19 positive cases among military members, concurrent with an increased operational tempo and influx of temporarily assigned personnel.

In order to preserve force health protection and community public health, all personnel on DoD installations are required to wear a face covering in congregate settings, whether indoor or outdoor and regardless of vaccination or immunization.

This policy is applicable to all military personnel stationed, assigned to temporary duty, or assigned to a visiting unit temporarily located on Guam, and to civilian dependents, contractors, and DoD civilian employees and visitors to DoD installations on Guam.

DoD personnel on temporary duty (TDY) in Guam, or assigned to units visiting Guam, are restricted from leaving DoD installations or their assigned place of lodging except as required to conduct their official duties or for transit between DoD facilities and their assigned place of lodging.

If their unit or higher authority have not implemented additional guidance, visiting DoD personnel shall be exempt from restriction on installation if they meet the following requirements:

  • Are at least 14 days post-completion of COVID-19 vaccination(s) with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized vaccine and meet the requirements for documentation prescribed by cognizant public health authorities; or

  • Are fully recovered from a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection within the previous 90 days and are asymptomatic; or

  • Have completed any required period of quarantine.

Mask wearing is not required during physical training activity where appropriate COVID-19 mitigation measures can be implemented.

U.S. Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base retain primary responsibility for the management of declared public health emergencies onboard their installations. DoD installation commanders retain discretion to implement more restrictive policies in line with preserving public health or operational necessity.

JRM will continue to take prudent measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and will vigorously assess our COVID-19 policies to ensure we are protecting our personnel and the local community while maintaining mission readiness.

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