*Note: Updated October 28, 2020.


To read GO1F and Annex A, visit the 7th Army Training Command homepage, HERE (under their COVID-19 subheader).

USAG Bavaria has implemented protection measures for the health protection of our community. Expect these measures to impact normal day-to-day operations across Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch. Updates will be posted here and at the USAG Bavaria Facebook page. We're updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page weekly. Ensure you're registered in the Alert mass notification system.



State of Bavaria Update (Oct. 17, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

ATTENTION: Bavaria published its new law on gatherings late Friday. It is effective immediately. As of this morning, Neustadt / Waldnaab county is RED. This means both Tower and Rose Barracks are to follow the rules for RED.

Attached is the summary of the law directly from the 7ATC Staff Judge Advocate:

  • GREEN. When your Landkreis or City is green, the rules are the same as they have been for the last 2 months. Groups are generally limited in public to 10 persons/2 households, but in a private home there is no limit other than the maximum that can socially distance, and for special events with hygiene plans and contact tracing regimes, the numbers can be up to 100 indoors and 200 outdoors.
  • ORANGE. Once the rate passes 35/100k, the 10 person/2 household rule applies to all social gatherings - no more distinction between public spaces and private homes, and no more "special event" exception.
  • RED. Once it passes 50/100k, the maximum drops to 5 persons/2 households. Again, no "special event" exception.

Additional rule changes are included as well: heightened mask wearing requirements in congested areas, limits on the hours when sale of alcohol and food will be permitted.

Weiden City Update (Oct. 15, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Due to new Bavarian State restrictions, please follow the updated guidelines listed below. At this time, the change is in effect starting today (Oct. 15, 2020) through at least Oct. 25.

• Masks are required in all city centers. In Weiden, this is the pedestrian zone between Josef-Witt-Platz and Unteres Tor. (NOTE: This is the entire pedestrian zone).
• In the above area, alcohol consumption outside of the permitted catering establishments is prohibited.
• Alcohol is forbidden in public places after 10 p.m.
• Alcohol may not be sold at petrol stations after 10 p.m.
• The catering trade has a 10 p.m. curfew.
• In private spaces, gatherings are limited to two households or 5 people (max).

Town Hall Highlights (Oct. 15, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Check out USAG Bavaria's Frequently Asked Questions, here:

• COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Europe. Be vigilant. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and keep your distance.
• In regards to COVID-19 testing and results, please refer to the Acute Respiratory Clinic, not the American Red Cross! We understand the confusion, as they are both the ARC.
• Halloween: Trick or Treating is off-limits for all members of the garrison. However, Units will be doing individual “Trunk or Treat” events that have been approved by the garrison with proper mitigation plans. Please reach out to your respective unit for more information. Grafenwoehr MWR is also hosting a Halloween walk-on paintball event, Oct. 31 from 12-4 p.m. https://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/…/halloween-w…/4704872/53245
• The Digital Garrison App, combines IMCOM, MWR, and AAFES information into one app. This app allows users to look up installation information and services, MWR events, and Exchange shopping all to one app, across all Army installations. Download the app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details… https://apps.apple.com/us/app/digital-garrison/id1484777325
• The resiliency town hall will occur next Wednesday, Oct. 21.
• Next Friday, Oct. 23, will be a training holiday.
• DoDEA: There will be no school on Friday, Oct. 23 as DoDEA is having a teacher training holiday. DoDEA will provide families the opportunity to enroll in the full-time virtual school or to opt-in for in-person instruction for the second semester. This will again be a semester-long commitment. The enrollment period for the second semester opens today, Thursday, October 15th, and is scheduled to close on Friday, November 6th. Register for your preferred option using the DoDEA Aspen Family Portal. For more information, go to https://www.dodea.edu/returntoschool.cfm
• Hohenfels, Garmisch and W.I.L.D. Boar outdoor rec centers are hosting ski and snowboard trips this winter seasons, go to your respective MWR website for more information.
• Army Family Team Building is hosting Level K “Military Knowledge” classes Oct. 28-29 at Rose Barracks ACS Bldg. 322.
• October is Domestic Violence Abuse Prevention Month. Purple Out! On Friday, Oct. 16, ACS is asking the community to post pictures on their Facebook page wearing purple shirts or ribbons along with the #UnitedToEndDV in efforts to bring awareness and an end to domestic violence. Every Tuesday in October, the Family Advocacy Program will be hosting a scavenger hunt. For more information, go here: https://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/…/domestic-violence-awarene…
• Grafenwoehr ACS is hosting an “It Takes Two” marriage seminar. For more information, go to https://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/…/it-takes-two/4576623/52385
• Extended Postal holiday hours will go into effect Nov. 2 and last until Jan. 9. For more info, go here: https://bit.ly/2HafaSp
• The Red Cross has resumed it’s adult and pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED classes. Email vilseck@redcross.org for course dates and more information.
• The Commissary is still offering the first hour of their business hours to “high risk” patrons.

Neustadt/Waldnaab County Ordinance Update (Oct. 14, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The Neustadt/Waldnaab County Commissioner's Office published an order establishing new COVID-19 regulations, effective today (Oct. 14, 2020). At this time, the change is in effect through a̲t̲ l̲e̲a̲s̲t̲ Oct. 20.

• The number of participants for private celebrations (held in public or rented rooms) is limited to 50 people max.
• It is strongly recommended to avoid holding celebrations (held in private rooms) with over 25 participants.
• Breaking this general decree is punishable with a fine of up to 25,000 (twenty-five thousand) euro.

To read the decree (in German) click this link 

Town Hall Highlights (Sept. 30, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Check out USAG Bavaria's Frequently Asked Questions, here:

• Please follow the GO1F and Annex A guidance for traveling.
Link to the order: https://go.usa.gov/xG7v3
Link to the annex: https://go.usa.gov/xG7vr
Link to the RKI risk countries and areas: https://bit.ly/3cOAw3I
• Please be aware of quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements, when applicable.

Currently, non-dependent family members are not allowed to travel from the United States into the EU, due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, there are a few exceptions to include birth, medical reasons, death and other serious reasons. For more information on exceptions, visit the official German Government Page (https://bit.ly/2Gj6b1p) and the U.S. Consulate Page (https://de.usembassy.gov/).

*Disclaimer: Although exemptions are listed, it is still ultimately up to the airline and the EU/German government to decide if they will allow the family member to enter into Germany.

• The Crown Jewel Bazar will take place this weekend (Oct. 2 - 4, 2020) in the Multi-Purpose Center (Bldg. 134 in Rose Barracks). For more information and health mitigation guidelines please visit: https://bit.ly/30kyG5y

• Flu shots will be available around the end of October / beginning of November. Since the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, it is very important to get the flu shot this year. Our at-risk population has priority. Please be pro-active, and call your care provider. To request that TRICARE cover your flu shot off-post, please contact your health provider.

• This Saturday (October 3), Germany celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reunification of east and west with 'Tag der Deutschen Einheit' (German Unity Day). All stores will be closed, and because of the ongoing pandemic there will be little to no public events.

Commander Friday Update (Sept. 18, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• There was an update to General Order 1F, Annex A.
• Follow all host nation laws in regards to groups.
• Bars, clubs, and hookah lounges are still off-limits.
• There are 10 countries that are authorized for travel outside of Germany. For that list, see the pinned graphic at the top of our page.
• Wash your hands, wear your mask and watch your distance.
• Avoid large crowds. If you are sick, stay at home. Call your health care provider before you go to your clinic if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
• Every Tuesday (from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, 2020) the Tower Barracks Post Office will adjust their hours of service.

Mailroom Delivery Window: 1300-1745
USPS Finance: Closed
Official Mail Services: Closed
All other days are not impacted.

Highlights from Garrison Town Hall (Sept. 2, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

• MEDDEC Bavaria Commander, Col. Bryan, will be hosting a medical town hall next Tuesday, August 11 at 1800.
• In accordance with the 7ATC FRAGORD, service members AND family members within the USAG Bavaria footprint are currently restricted to travel within the State of Bavaria. Nuremberg is also currently off-limits. Please contact your chain of command if you have further questions.
• USAG Bavaria is going to keep every Garrison Service open to the fullest extent possible. As it becomes necessary, we will have to adjust and temporarily close services to clean and ensure everyone’s safety.
• Remember the three fundamentals: Wash your hands, wear a face-covering and keep your distance.
• If you feel sick, do NOT go into work. Contact your health care provider and chain of command. Tricare Nurse Advice Line (NAL), Germany: 0800-071-3516 
Note: Beneficiaries can also contact the NAL by calling your clinic appointment line and choosing the option for the NAL, or by dialing the Universal International Free Phone from a cell phone in Europe: 00-800-4759-2330. Alternatively use the Nurse Advice Line Beneficiary Portal: https://mhsnurseadviceline.com/home. With the portal, beneficiaries have additional options to communicate (chat or video chat).
• If a service or family member in a unit becomes COVID positive, the unit or directorate will move into a 14 -day ROM** and initiate contact tracing.
• Any leave or pass outside of Bavaria must be approved by an O5 Battalion Commander. Leave and pass requests must be an approved country listed by GO1E.
• You may see Soldiers positioned outside of services and the front gates again, to ensure that proper preventative measures are being followed.
• The 2CR restrictions are a ROM** not a quarantine.
• On-post citations will now be issued to individuals in the case they are not complying with COVID-19 preventative measures (i.e. not wearing a mask inside the PX or not using the hand washing / sanitizing stations).
• Masks with valves are still unauthorized.

• The Vilseck Acute Respiratory Center is located in the back of the clinic, Bldg. 250. There are signs that will guide you.
** (ROM) Restriction of Movement: ROM is defined as limiting movement of an individual or group to prevent or diminish the transmission of a communicable disease, including limited ingress and egress to, from, or on a military installation; isolation; quarantine; and conditional release.

USAG Bavaria Face-Mask Advisory (Aug. 7, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Starting today (Aug. 7, 2020), USAG Bavaria now prohibits individuals from wearing valve face coverings on installation, in areas were masks must be worn. According to CDC and TRICARE health officials, facial coverings with valves do not prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

USAG Bavaria Community Advisory (Aug. 5, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

If you have concerns about a community member not following COVID-19 protection measures, ask them politely to follow General Order 1E.

Under General Military Authority, any NCO or Officer can conduct an on the spot correction. If you're a civilian and you see a SM doing something wrong, find a NCO or Officer and ask them to make the correction for you or contact the appropriate chain of command for uniformed personnel.If they still won't follow COVID-19 protection measures, notify your local military or host nation law enforcement personnel — your Directorate of Emergency Services.
As a community, let's all do our part and keep each other safe.