USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
R 102035Z MAR 21 MID600050356985U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNO/MAR//
SUBJ/USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC//
NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN FOR PROCESS TO REQUEST EXCEPTION ON USE OF MASKS AND
OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC (CORRECTED COPY).
REF B IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC
REF C IS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MEMORANDUM ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC
REF D IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY MEMORANDUM ON USE OF MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC
REF E IS CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS MEMORANDUM ON DELEGATION REQUEST ON USE OF
MASKS AND OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES.
RMKS/1. Reference (a) is canceled and replaced by reference (b).
Delegations and subsequent exceptions granted in references (d) and (e)
remain in effect.
2. Additional guidance on implementation of reference (b):
2.a. The Department of the Navy is committed to ensuring the health and
safety of our military members, civilian employees, contractors and their
families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Actions taken in accordance
with reference (b) shall be consistent with the best available medical and
scientific data available and current Center for Disease Control (CDC)
2.b. Reference (c) implements Executive Order 13991 and requires strict
compliance with CDC guidance regarding wearing masks, maintaining physical
distance, and other public health measures by all on-duty or on-site federal
employees or contractors and all persons in federal buildings or on federal
lands in order to halt the spread of COVID-19. Note the limitations of the
delegation granted in reference (c), which allows authority to grant
exceptions only in environments other than office spaces. The intent of both
references (b) and (c) is increased enforcement of public health measures to
defeat the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the authority to grant
categorical exceptions delegated in references (b) and (c) should be
Exceptions granted must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that the request
applies only outside of office settings, is necessary for military readiness,
and is carefully evaluated against the intent of reference (c), the best
available medical and scientific data on risk to mission and current CDC
guidance available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
2.c. In addition to the requirements in reference (b) regarding exceptions,
flag officers exercising delegated authority for exceptions to mask wearing
and other public health measures should coordinate with their Echelon II
Commander to ensure consistent implementation of the policy across Navy
Co-located Echelon II Commanders will work together to ensure consistent
implementation in the best interest of the service and its obligations
pursuant to references (b) and (c).
3. OPNAV N3/N5 POC: firstname.lastname@example.org or CAPT
Sarah Stancati, email@example.com.
4. Released by VADM P. G. Sawyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Operations, Plans and Strategy, OPNAV N3/N5.//