PROCESS TO REQUEST EXCEPTION ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CORRECTED COPY) :
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SUBJ/ PROCESS TO REQUEST EXCEPTION ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CORRECTED COPY) //
NARR/REF A IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC
REF B IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH
REF C IS CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS MEMORANDUM ON DELEGATION REQUEST ON USE OF MASKS
AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES.
POC/CAPT SARAH STANCATI/OPNAV N3N5Lemail@example.com//
RMKS/1. Reference (a) requires all individuals on military installations and all individuals performing
official duties on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) from any location other than their home,
including outdoor shared spaces, to wear masks in accordance with the most current Center for Disease
Reference (a) also permits categorical or case-by-case exceptions to these requirements to be granted in
writing by DoD Component heads.
Reference (b) delegates authority for granting exceptions to the Chief of Naval Operations, who
delegated authority to Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Operations, Plans and Strategy (OPNAV
N3/N5) in reference (c).
This NAVADMIN provides procedures for requesting an exception to the use of masks and other public
health measures in environments other than office spaces pursuant to the authorities in references
2. Procedure. A template, and associated references, for a categorical or case-by-case exception to the
use of masks and other public health measures in environments other than office spaces is available at:
2.a. The request should be routed via the chain of command to OPNAV N3/N5. Submission by echelon
2 commands to OPNAV N3/N5 will be via the OPNAV COVID portal located at:
The portal provides automatic notification to the staff of pending requests. Requests will be staffed for
decision, decisions will be posted to the portal, and the submitting official will receive an email
notification when it is posted.
3. OPNAV N3/N5 POCs for exception requests are CAPT Sarah Stancati at firstname.lastname@example.org
and CDR Jessica Pyle at email@example.com. For assistance navigating or accessing the portal page,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Released by VADM P. G. Sawyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and
Strategy, OPNAV N3/N5.//