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Masks required indoors at San Diego military installations as COVID-19 activity triggers guidelines

Masks will be required in most indoor spaces at local military installations now that San Diego County has entered the “high” COVID-19 community activity level, according to U.S. Department of Defense guidance.

When a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations pushed the region into the most severe level of the nationwide COVID-19 activity map maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it triggered mask requirements for most indoor spaces at Southern California military installations, according to the Department of Defense masking guidance.

The guidance reads, “When the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is high in the county or equivalent jurisdiction where a DoD installation or facility is located, indoor mask-wearing is required for all individuals, including Service members, DoD civilian employees, onsite DoD contractor personnel (collectively, “DoD personnel”), and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.”

Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Coronado both said in posts to their Facebook pages that masks would be required starting Monday, July 18.

The county’s weekly coronavirus update listed 2,191 new cases, somewhat more than the 1,767 listed one week earlier. Local wastewater analysis showed nearly 7.1 million COVID copies as of July 6, the last time the information was updated. The number is up slightly from 5.9 million on June 23.

As for indoor civilian spaces in San Diego County, masks are recommended but not required.



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