Medical-grade masks to be required off-post for shopping, transit

Medical-grade masks such as an FFP-2 mask (top) or a disposable surgical mask (bottom) will be required to shop or ride public transit off-post. Photo illustration by USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs.

Update, January 25: The state has released additional information related to the expanded mask mandate: children up to 14-years-old may continue to wear “everyday” masks made of fabric, while children five-years-old or younger remain exempted from the mask requirement.

The “medical mask” requirement also applies to doctor’s offices, while access to hospitals requires an FFP2, KN95, or N95 mask; a surgical mask is not acceptable there.

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart

A medical-grade mask that covers your mouth and nose is required to patronize off-post retail stores or to use public transportation in the state of Baden-Württemberg, effective January 25.

Medical-grade masks range from light blue single-use surgical masks to FFP2 or N95/KN95-certified respirators.  Homemade cloth masks, or covering the mouth and nose with a scarf or other fabric in the absence of other protection, will no longer be acceptable when shopping or riding transit off-post (including at train platforms and bus stops).  Community members who do not comply with this new requirement may be refused entry or fined by German authorities.

There will be no changes to currently existing mask requirements outside of the home while on U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart installations (including at the Exchange, Commissaries, and front door services) or on duty buses at this time.  Our combined mitigation efforts have yielded a low incidence of community infection and virus spread.  AAFES and unit supply will work to meet the demand of this new mask requirements, but that may initially result in purchase limits.