Joint Base Langley-Eustis now requires people on bases to wear face masks

Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis have some additional safety protocols due to coronavirus concerns.

Joint Base Langley-Eustis officials said in a news release Monday all individuals now must wear cloth face coverings when they can’t social distance six feet apart or are in public areas or work centers.

Individuals include all military personnel, DoD employees such as civilians and contractors, family members and other people on DoD property, installations and facilities. Read more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on mask use here.

“The Secretary of Defense recently ordered the wearing of masks, in accordance with CDC guidance, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to our warfighters, their dependents and our communities,” Col. Clint Ross, JBLE installation commander, said in a news release. “As we strive to find a new normal, this is just another preventative measure we’re taking across JBLE to combat this invisible enemy.”

Masks must also be worn at the following locations: commissaries, exchanges, medical facilities, child development centers, lodging, dining facilities and any customer service areas with one-on-one interaction or a service line, according to the news release.

Other updates on specific personnel:

  • Uniformed service members must adhere to military standards. Exceptions approved by local commanders as needed.
  • Cloth face coverings can be handmade. Not a substitute for social distancing.
  • People entering the bases may be asked to remove mask for identification purposes.
  • Medical personal protective equipment is for health care workers, ie, surgical masks or N95 respirators.

Private homes on-base are not included and more information on guidelines will be released soon. For more information, JBLE members can contact their chain of command.

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