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06AUG21: UPDATED MASK GUIDANCE: The CDC has updated their COVID tracker, placing Montgomery County, Maryland at “Substantial” transmission. Per DoD guidance, masks are required in all buildings at NSA Bethesda effective Friday, Aug. 6 at 8 a.m. for all individuals age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status.


30JUL21: MASK GUIDANCE: In accordance with the DoD Mask Guidance memo signed July 28, Capt. Switzer is closely monitoring the CDC website to track whether Montgomery County (MoCo) moves to the “Substantial” or “High” categories of community transmission. The county is currently in the Moderate category, meaning 10-50 cases per 100K people. As of July 29, the exact number was 30.7, placing MoCo (and therefore NSAB) in the middle of moderate.

If the county moves above 50 cases per 100K (Substantial category), Capt. Switzer will institute a mask mandate for all buildings on the installation. The mask mandate will be in effect for all personnel, regardless of immunization status. Once the ICO has implemented the mask mandate, NSA Bethesda will maintain it until we return below the moderate threshold for a period of several days with a clear and consistent decreasing trend of positive cases.

Per Capt. Switzer, "[NSA Bethesda] won’t 'bounce' between masks and no masks if the transmission rate hovers around the 'moderate' and 'substantial' border."


16MAY21: CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS: The Child Youth Program, including the Child Development Centers, will continue to require face coverings in their facilities for all staff, visitors, parents, and children 2 years & older until further notice.


15MAY21: UPDATED MASK GUIDANCE: Effective immediately, NSA Bethesda will follow the guidance laid out in NAVADMIN 095/21. Per the NAVADMIN, for all personnel and visitors who are fully immunized (two weeks beyond their final vaccination shot), masks are no longer required on DoD facilities (indoors and outside). This guidance applies specifically to fully immunized personnel and visitors only. Unimmunized personnel and visitors still awaiting their final vaccination shot, or with less than two weeks beyond their final vaccination shot, will continue to comply with mask requirements.

Separate from this, per the guidance put out by the hospital director on May 14, Walter Reed Bethesda staff and visitors must continue to comply with the hospital's mask requirements on the WRB campus.

See the full NAVADMIN 095/21 here.


28SEP20: OUTDOOR RECREATION: Effective Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, all fixed playground and workout equipment is open for individual use. A prohibition remains in effect for using tracks, fields and group sports facilities for group/team activities without advanced approval (e.g., soccer, softball, volleyball, team basketball, etc.).



09APR20: Navy Exchange and Navy Lodge at NSA Bethesda: For the safety of all, effective Friday, April 10, cloth face coverings are required by patrons for entry into a Navy Lodge and all NEX facilities.


26MAR20: Additional change to CDC operations. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to reduce exposure risk to care providers and children, effective Friday, March 27, the CDCs will only be open to MEP (Mission Essential Personnel) Families.


Updated: July 30, 2021

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