Joint Region Marianas Reinstates Mask Restrictions Onboard Military Installations



Press Release 22-002

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Joint Region Marianas Reinstates Mask Restrictions Onboard Military

ASAN, Guam (Jan. 6, 2022) – Joint Region Marianas (JRM) has updated its mask
policy aboard military installations in Guam following a significant
increase in COVID-19 positive cases.

In order to preserve force health protection and community public health,
all personnel on Department of Defense (DoD) installations are required to
wear a face covering in congregate settings whether indoors or outdoors when
social distancing cannot be maintained.

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

“After two months of a downward trend, we are now experiencing a rapid
increase in COVID-19 cases, and we want to make sure we get ahead of the
spread and slow it back down to protect our families and our island,” said
JRM Commander Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson.

Mask wearing is not required during physical training activity or due to
operational necessity as determined by individual unit commanders.

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

Rear Adm. Nicholson encourages all eligible recipients to also receive a
COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. “The health and safety of our personnel,
families, employees, and our larger community remains a top priority, and
vaccinating against COVID-19 remains our best defense against the disease,”
he said.

Joint Region Marianas will continue to take prudent measures to limit the
spread of COVID-19 and will vigorously assess its COVID-19 policies to
ensure it is protecting military personnel and the local community while
maintaining mission readiness.