In accordance with the memorandum issued by the Deputy Secretary of Defense on 28 July, all individuals on Davis-Monthan are required to continuously wear masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately.
Why the change?
Throughout the pandemic, the DoD has mirrored its COVID-19 prevention strategies with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
On 27 July, the CDC issued updated guidance recommending everyone in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission rates wear masks indoors as a result of the transmissibility of the newer COVID-19 Delta variant. According to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, Pima County is currently at a “substantial” transmission rate.
COVID-19 remains a significant threat in Southern Arizona and the United States, and the updated mask wear policy is being implemented to protect service members and our families.
Where do I have to wear a mask on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base?
Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, masks must be worn by service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees and visitors while indoors. This includes but is not limited to:
- Work centers
- Fitness centers (with the exception of cardio and functional fitness areas)
- Base Exchange and other AAFES facilities
- Medical Treatment Facilities
- Other indoor customer service locations
When do I not have to wear a mask on base?
In accordance with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Air Force’s exception criteria, mask wear is not required under the following circumstances:
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall directed COVID-19 vaccine implementation guidelines for Active Duty Airmen to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 2 to help ensure their health and safety, while preserving force readiness. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel are required to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 2.
Vaccine Resource Center from the Military Health System has information on policies and forms required.
Quick Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Mandate: