Minot AFB personnel, visitors mask up

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Personnel and visitors at Minot Air Force Base have to wear a mask again when they are inside government facilities.

George Gutierrez, of the Minot AFB Public Affairs Office, said the mask requirement is for everyone – those vaccinated for COVID-19 and those who are not vaccinated.

Masks are not required outdoors.

On Wednesday, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued an updated mask guidance saying effective immediately and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and Defense Department direction, “the Director of Administration & Management has directed that service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD in the Pentagon Reservation.”

Any further changes will be announced as they are available, the guidance said.

The base had changed its mask requirement about two and a half months ago, allowing Defense Department personnel who were two weeks past their final vaccination would no longer need to wear masks inside or outside. Those not vaccinated were required to wear masks.

The guidance issued this week follows a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and for the safety and protection of those affiliated with military installations and visitors.


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