USAG Stuttgart on post mask policy updated

An Army Major General addresses troops

Maj. Gen. Joseph Jarrard visits U.S. Army Soldiers during exercise Saber Junction 20. Hohenfels, Germany, Aug. 11, 2020

On March 3, 2021, Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Jarrard, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, and Senior Responsible Officer for U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, signed an exception to policy regarding mask requirements on post.

The memo, which is effective immediately, affects all individuals working on, living on, or visiting USAG Stuttgart installations. 

It allows for a measured deviation from the Feb. 4 Department of Defense memorandum on Use of Masks and Other Public Health Measures.

Cloth masks are no longer strictly required in the following circumstances or areas:

  • While outdoors, unless it is impossible to socially distance. (Unable to maintain a distance of at least six feet between individuals not of the same household, including unit or individual physical fitness training)
  • For brief periods while eating or drinking at USAG Stuttgart service facilities (applicable to food courts and dining rooms once indoor dining has resumed)
  • When mission requirements necessitate, for the performance of official duties 
  • By those individuals with health problems which prevent the wear of face masks
  • By children under the age of 5 years old
  • When, consistent with Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and Host Nation safety standards, the risk of infection can be mitigated through other means such as, ventilation, physical barriers (e.g. Plexiglas shields), or other technical methods
  • In fitness centers when exercising on individual equipment and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between individuals from different households.

Masks must still be worn at all times, as previously mandated, in USAG Stuttgart service facilities, including chapels, Commissaries, AAFES facilities (PX, Shoppettes, Car Care Center, etc.), Community Mail Rooms and Army Post Office, on-post financial institutions, legal services, Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Inspection, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart, Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic, food courts, bowling center, Army Lodging (common areas), fingerprinting, 1-10 Dining Facility, food trucks, and the Housing Office.

Commands may apply more stringent mask wear restrictions as they deem appropriate, at any location under their control during unit specific training events and other mission related events.

Read the memo in full at this link