Service members and civilians are required to wear face coverings effective Monday at all Department of Defense installations.
Service members and civilians
are required to wear face coverings effective Monday at all Department of
Defense installations including those in Northern Nevada and Mono County, Calif.,
to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper
issued a military-wide memo Sunday afternoon and said individuals should make
their own face coverings.
This new policy will affect
Naval Air Station Fallon and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center,
the Nevada National Guard in Carson City, Fallon and Reno, the Navy-Marine
Reserve Center at Stead, the Hawthorne Army Depot and the Marine Corps Mountain
Warfare Training Center northwest of Bridgeport and the commissary and exchange
“Effective immediately, to
the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and
facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of
social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a
service member’s or service family member’s personal residence on a military
installation),” according to the memo.
This includes all military
personnel, DoD civilian employees and contractors, family members and all other
individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities. At NAS Fallon, this
includes the commissary, Navy Exchange and Child Development Center.
“Exceptions to this
requirement may be approved by local commanders or supervisors, and then
submitted up the chain of command for situational awareness,” the memo stated.
“Security checkpoints may require the lowering of face covers to verify
The DoD said individuals may
fashion their face coverings from common materials such as clean T-shirts or
other cleans cloths or from household items. The covering must cover the nose
and mouth areas.
“Medical personal protective
equipment such as N95 respirators or surgical masks will not be issued for this
purpose as these will be reserved for the appropriate personnel,” the memo stated.
Additional requirements from
the Navy call for the face coverings to be conservative in nature, not
offensive and acceptable to wear with uniforms. They must also fit snuggly but
comfortable against the face.
The Nevada National Guard has
added the following requirements for uniformed personnel:
• Coverings should be fabricated
with solid colors, not of bright, florescent colors (i.e., pink, yellow,
• Avoid unusual or outlandish
designs (i.e., polka dots, paisley, flag patterns.)
• Inappropriate graphics or
wording on a covering will not be allowed.
• Coverings can be handmade
or purchased. Fabric ideally matches current or past military uniforms. Fabric
acquired from current or past T-shirts including white undershirts is
The move to require face
coverings on DoD installations comes two days after the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention issued a national recommendation that citizens wear
nonmedical face coverings while in public.
The DoD said it will continue
to implement all measures that are needed to mitigate risks associated with the