by Bardia Khajenoori,
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
Baden-Württemberg requirements that mandate face coverings on public transit apply to passengers on U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s duty buses as well.
Garrison Commander Col. Jason Condrey reiterated the importance of following host-nation guidelines and addressed the issue of face coverings on June 11.
“We have evidence within our community, within the cases we have had here, that not only does asymptomatic transmission continue, but we need to find a way to protect against that,” said Condrey. “Until there’s a better way, other than the mask, to do that, along with handwashing and maintaining six feet of physical distance, that’s something that will continue to be here.”
Condrey added that those who refuse to utilize masks where they are required will be denied access to those services, and that community cooperation and self-policing, rather than law enforcement, should compel people to wear them.
“The masks, I think are going to be part of our future until COVID is not,” said Condrey. “It might make the difference to prevent another spike.”
The Logistics Readiness Center-Stuttgart, which operates the duty buses at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, added signs requiring face coverings for all passengers and implemented measures to ensure compliance.