GENERAL ORDER 1G

To read GO1G / Annex A / Tab 1, visit the 7th Army Training Command COVID-19 webpage, HERE.

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.

USAG BAVARIA SERVICE TRACKER

Services & Closures for: 

USAG BAVARIA TOWN HALL Q+A

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Bavaria State Requires FFP2 Masks Off-Post (Jan. 12, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


Jan. 13 - UPDATE: The FFP2 masks announced yesterday by the Bavarian ministers are only required off-post on public transportation or while shopping. Children under 15 years are not required to use this mask. In discussion between senior leaders and the SRO, it has been decided there will NOT be a requirement for these masks on any of our installations. AAFES is working to obtain the FFP2 variants to make available in garrison facilities, but this will take some time. Our liaison officer in Munich has asked if the N-95 mask many people already have is an acceptable substitution but they have not received an answer as of yet.
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Jan. 12 - ORIGINAL POST: Bavaria will now require FFP2 masks to be worn on public transportation and in retail stores off post effective Monday, 18 January according to a Bavarian government press release. FFP2 masks can be found at Apothecary stores off post.
The infection situation due to the Corona pandemic continues to be very tense in Bavaria and Germany. Unfortunately, the measures taken so far have not yet led to the hoped-for noticeable and sustainable decrease in the number of infections. The goal is to achieve a seven-day incidence of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Only from this incidence value onwards is reliable tracking of infection routes guaranteed. Currently, the occurrence of highly contagious viral mutations in some countries is of particular concern, and their introduction and spread in Bavaria and Germany must be avoided.

Official Translation to Bavarian Ordinance 11 Supplement and New Tab 1 of GO1G (Jan. 11, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The official translation of the supplement to Bavarian Ordinance 11 and a new Tab 1 to the 7th ATC General order is posted on the 7th ATC COVID-19 web page here. Germany and Bavaria have extended the current lockdown through 31 January. There are no changes to current operations on USAG Bavaria installations. Following are the changes in this update:
• Meeting in private can now only be done with members of your household and one (1) additional person (age no longer affects the count).
• If you live in an area that has a 7 day average more than 200 per 100,000 people you are limited to travel within 15km of your city or county for anything other than a valid reason (this includes work and medical appointments).
• If you are returning to Germany following leisure travel you must have a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country and complete the USAREUR-AF directed 10 day quarantine. There is no change to the current requirements for PCS or official travel (a negative test to enter county and a negative test to exit quarantine).
Current rules that remain in place include:
• Schools remain in remote learning through 31 January
• The 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is still in effect
• All nonessential shops and services remain closed
• Leaders are encouraged to allow teleworking as much as possible
• No alcohol consumption in public
• Religious events may take place if they follow hygiene rules but singing is not permitted
As a reminder, you are responsible for knowing the details of the ordinance and are responsible for any violations. If you have additional questions, please contact your chain of command or unit legal advisor.


Update to Bavarian COVID-19 Restrictions (Jan. 8, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The current lockdown has been extended to January 31. The Bavarian parliament met this afternoon to discuss and approve the changes to the ordinance so we are still waiting for final determination. Here is what we expect in additon to the current restrictions: 
• The number of people that can meet privately is reduced to your household and one additional person. Age no longer matters in this calculation. 
• If you are returning to Germany from a COVID-19 hotspot you must have a negative test to ener Germany and you must have a negative test to end your quarantine. You are still required to follow the USARUER-AF timeline of 10 days on the quarantine.
• Travel restriction to 15 km travel for coummunities that have 7 day averages over 200 per 100,000 residents.
• Please follow the 7ATC website and our Facebook channel for most up-to-date information.
• No adjustments to garrison services at this time.
• Schools remain in remote learning, all nonessential shops remain closed.
• Visit the Acute Respiratory Clinic if you have symptoms develop to be evaluated and tested if necessary.
• Child and Youth Services customers need to be aware of a change that requires verfication of the Total Family Income. Please contact CYS for more details.
• The Digital Garrison app is available in app stores. We encourage to download the app. 
Stay healthy, #BetterInBavaria


Town Hall Highlights (Jan. 6, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• Army housing tenant survey is still available until Jan 15. If you live in Army housing, please fill out the survey.
• ARMA, or the housing app, is going live on Jan 19. The app streamlines work orders and housing issues. Housing and barracks residents will be able to sign up and access the new system at https://www.armymaintenance.com 
To learn more about the housing app, click the link
• Download the new digital garrison app on your respective app store. Click here for more info. 
• Please remind your children not to walk on the lakes this winter. They may not be frozen all the way through. 
• On Jan 20, from 2-4p.m., there will be a virtual career skills program
⚠ fair for transitioning service members. Spouses and veterans are also welcome. 
• Show some love, be the face of change. The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas
⚠ will be available for service members and civilian employees to make donations until Jan 15. 
• The gyms and bowling centers on-post remain open. The gyms provide opportunity to keep fitness of the force and morale available to our Troops. 
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Bavarian Ordinance
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• The German Government has decided to extend the lockdown until Jan 31. We will publish local changes as we receive them. As of now, there are no changes to installation services. However, private meetings are now limited to your household, and one other individual. 
• Residents of "hotspots" or 200 cases per 100,000, are restricted from traveling more than 15km from their home, without a valid reason.
• Double testing is now required for people returning from high risk areas. While German ordinance requires a 5 day restriction of movement, US Army Europe-Africa orders require 10 days, which is what all SOFA status personnel should follow. 
• Rules that remain in place: Employers are encouraged to maximize telework. Non-essential shops and services remain closed. No alcohol consumption in public. Religious events may take place as long as hygiene procedures are in place; however, singing is still not allowed. Schools remain closed to in-person learning.
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MEDDAC-B
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• MEDDAC-B Commander Col. Bryan says thank you. Thank you for everything you've done. We've learned and grown and have come together as a team. Because of our response and discipline across our entire footprint, we are at the lowest number of COVID cases we have had in the last 10 months. We are here now because of the way we have embraced our protective measures. 
• Flu vaccine shipments are arriving in USAG-Bavarian footprint within the next week. MEDDAC-B will announce the dates once it arrives. 
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COVID-19 Vaccine
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• The FDA has approved an Emergency Use Authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines, the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine. MEDDAC-B is receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
• Currently, MEDDAC-B is going through a controlled pilot, which is the start of a deliberate and phased approach. This means that they have a very small amount and are testing the system with select individuals. From a controlled pilot, they will go into an expanded distribution phase, which is when they will rapidly scale up the amount of vaccines given to the community.
• The DoD is currently working on the distribution pipelines to ensure there are sufficient amounts of the vaccine. 
•  If you receive the vaccine, you will still be required to wear a mask, physically distance and practice all guidelines in your respective area.
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DoDEA
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• Remote learning will stay in effect until Jan 31 in the USAG-B footprint.  Different German states have different rules.
• Some schools in certain states may go to school earlier than Jan 31, please understand that DoDEA and USAG-B collaborate based on what the host nation and state are doing. 
• Teachers and principals are ready and willing to help out. Reach out to your children's teacher if you are struggling.
• School lunch can be picked up at Grafenwoehr Elementary, Netzaburg, and in Vilseck. 
• If you need a device for your children to participate in the remote learning, contact your child's school to check out a device. 
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CYS & CDC
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• No changes are being made to CYS or CDC services. 
• CYS is there to provide the opportunity for your child to receive the remote learning education. They are not responsible for forcing your children to participate in their classes. If you would like CYS employees to call you if your children are not participating, you may make arrangements to do so.


Germany announces 31 Jan lockdown extension (Jan. 6, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The German government announced last night that the current lockdown will be extended until 31 January. The Bavarian cabinet will meet today or tomorrow and the rules in Bavaria may differ from the Germany-wide update, as we have seen in the past. Once they meet and we receive the updated ordinance, we will post the specifics of the extension and any additional restrictions. 

U.S. Army Health Clinic Grafenwoehr administers first COVID-19 vaccine (Dec. 28, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


U.S. Army Capt. Skyler Brown becomes the first service member in all of U.S. Army Europe and Africa to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at US Army Health Clinic Grafenwoehr, Tower Barracks, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Dec. 28, 2020. View the photo, here ⚠.

Read more about the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s phased vaccination approach: https://www.army.mil/article/242051

Watch AFN Bavaria's video coverage of the event, here 
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Quarantined personnel can now request mail delivery (Dec. 9, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


USAG Bavaria post offices are now coordinating with sponsors of quarantined and isolated personnel to assist them with mail delivery. Starting immediately, affected personnel can begin the electronic authorization process. 

Learn how you can request mail delivery, here 
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Area Curfew: Vilseck and Hohenfels (Dec. 9, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Effective Dec. 9 any community with infection numbers more than 200 per 100,000 people are under a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. per Bavarian Ordinance. Amberg-Sulzbach Landkreis (the county in which Vilseck resides) and Neumarkt i.d. Opf. Landkreis (the county in which Hohenfels Training Area resides) is under curfew beginning tonight.

Leaving one's home is only permitted for the following reasons:
• A medical or veterinary emergency or another urgent medical treatment which cannot be delayed. 
• Exercising professional or official duties or urgent training purposes. 
• Exercising parental custody rights and visitation rights.
• Providing urgent care for persons in need or minors. 
• Accompanying dying persons. 
• Activities necessary for animal care, 
• Participating in worship services and gatherings of religious communities during the time period of 24 thru 26 December 2020, or 
 • Other imperative and irrefutable reasons. 

USAG Bavaria community members are reminded that they are responsible to follow the Bavarian Ordinance and are personally responsible for any fines resulting from infractions.

Hohenfels schools conducts virtual classes on select days (Dec. 9, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Hohenfels Elementary School will join the Middle-High School by conducting virtual classes Thursday and Friday, as we still work through contact tracing and additional testing. Please see notices from the school for additional details.

The Child Development Center, Youth Center, SKIES and Youth Sports programs will also remain closed for Thursday and most likely Friday.

The School Age Center will remain closed due to staffing issues through Dec. 18, 2020.


7ATC issues General Order 1G (Dec. 9, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The State of Bavaria has updated their Health Protection Ordinance with an effective date of 9 December. Accordingly, 7th Army Training Command has issued General Order 1G effective 9 December as well in order to closely align our community with our Bavarian hosts.

This information is provided for your awareness. You are responsible for your actions and can be held accountable to not following the guidance. If you have specific questions, please speak to your chain of command or unit legal advisor.

The key points of the Bavarian ordinances are as follows:
• Gatherings are still limited to 2 households & 5 people in private locations (children under 14 do not count toward total numbers).
• The only exception to this at this time is for Dec. 23-26 where 10 people can gather in private with no limit to the number of households. This exception DOES NOT apply to New Years.
• Movement from your home should be minimized to compelling reasons. These include: work; medical & veterinary services;
shopping & getting supplies (including holiday errands); visiting another house while observing gathering limits; visiting life partners, the elderly, the sick or persons with disabilities; sport & exercise in the fresh air, alone, with your own household & with another household as long as a total of 5 people is not exceeded.
• For any county or urban district that surpasses 200 cases per 100K additional restrictions will be introduced & a curfew goes into effect from 2100 to 0500 daily.
• General Order 1G specifies that Soldiers living in barracks are counted as a single household up to 10 people - but this only applies on installations. 

To read the full translation of the Bavarian ordinance, General Order 1G, Annex A & new Tab 1 (helps explain the Bavarian ordinance) please visit the 7th Army Training Command COVID page at HTTPS://WWW.7ATC.ARMY.MIL/COVID-19/.

Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (Dec. 1, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

While there are no changes to the current Annex A, there is an update to the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance that are in effect as of Dec. 1. Key updates and changes include:
• Gatherings are limited to 2 households and 5 people now (children under 14 do not count toward the 5).
• Masks are now required in additional places, to include outdoors. Recommend you wear a mask any time you are outside of your vehicle in a public setting.
• Busy stores may require you to wait to enter as additional limits on numbers of customers are now in place based on the size of the facility.
• Day trips to areas that are listed as high risk on RKI now require you to quarantine. This includes activities such as ski or non-essential shopping trips.
• Additional restrictions go into effect if a community breaks 200 and 300 per 100k. We will monitor for these restrictions and let you know if they affect our community.
• As always, full versions of documents can be found on the 7th ATC website: HTTPS://WWW.7ATC.ARMY.MIL/COVID-19/

UPDATE: Vilseck Schools Information (Nov. 30, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

While there are no changes to the current Annex A, there is an update to the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance that are in effect as of Dec. 1. Key updates and changes include:
• Gatherings are limited to 2 households and 5 people now (children under 14 do not count toward the 5).
• Masks are now required in additional places, to include outdoors. Recommend you wear a mask any time you are outside of your vehicle in a public setting.
• Busy stores may require you to wait to enter as additional limits on numbers of customers are now in place based on the size of the facility.
• Day trips to areas that are listed as high risk on RKI now require you to quarantine. This includes activities such as ski or non-essential shopping trips.
• Additional restrictions go into effect if a community breaks 200 and 300 per 100k. We will monitor for these restrictions and let you know if they affect our community.
• As always, full versions of documents can be found on the 7th ATC website: https://www.7atc.army.mil/COVID-19/

UPDATE: Vilseck Schools Information (Nov. 30, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Vilseck High School will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec.1.
• The one classroom impacted at Vilseck Elementary School will remain closed through this week. The classroom will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7.


Thank you for your cooperation. (To view the original post, please scroll down or click here ⚠).

UPDATE: Hickey DFAC Reopens (Nov. 30, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The CSM Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility has reopened! Please view their hours, here .

Vilseck Schools Closure Information (Nov. 29, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Vilseck High School and one classroom of Vilseck Elementary School will be closed Monday, Nov. 30, following COVID positives being identified. The schools will be cleaned, and close contacts will be tested during the closure period. More info will be posted here once decisions are made on the length of the closure. All close contacts have been identified. 

To view COL Christopher Danbeck addressing the issue on Facebook Live, please click here .

UPDATE: TB Burger King Reopens (Nov. 25, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The Tower Barracks Burger King has reopened. Thank you for your patience.

For the original notice, please view the below announcement.

Temporary TB Burger King Closure (Nov. 24, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The Tower Barracks Burger King closed on Nov. 24 to allow for facility deep cleaning and testing of personnel, after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

We will update this post when the facility reopens. Thank you for your cooperation.

UPDATE: Temporary Hickey DFAC Closure (Nov. 19, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The CSM Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. 

Until the restaurant reopens, patrons should use Tower Barrack’s Ever Vigilant Café – Bldg. 101, located between the post office and main gym. During this time, ISOFAC feeding support will be supported by another facility. Thank you for your cooperation.

For the original notice, please view the below announcement.

Temporary Hickey DFAC Closure (Nov. 16, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

The CSM Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility has temporarily shut down until Thursday to allow for cleaning and testing of staff members, after a team member tested positive for COVID-19. Precise tracing measures are being conducted. There is no need to take any action unless you are contacted by tracing team members. As usual, continue to monitor for any symptoms and seek medical aid at an Acute Respiratory Clinic if you feel ill.

Until the restaurant reopens, patrons should use Tower Barrack’s Ever Vigilant Café – Bldg. 101, located between the post office and main gym. During this time, ISOFAC feeding support will be supported by another facility.

Weiden Community Notice (Nov. 12, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Earlier this week (Nov. 9, 2020), the city of Weiden tightened its ordinance regarding wearing masks and consuming alcohol in the pedestrian zone. Below is the translation:

1) Masks must now be worn in the pedestrian zone | Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2) Alcohol consumption is now forbidden in the pedestrian zone | Monday to Sunday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Alcohol consumption is generally forbidden 24/7 at:
• Weiden central bus station (ZOB)
• Parking lot "Naabwiesen" 
• All city parks
• Outside and around Max-Reger-Halle

Community Bank Notice (Nov. 12, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Effective starting Nov. 12, 2020, USAG Bavaria's Community Banks — Rose and Tower Barracks —​​​​are returning to normal business hours, and appointments will no longer be needed (unless opening a new account). Appointments that have already been committed to have priority.

Mon - Wed, Fri: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thurs: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose Barracks CDC Notice (Nov. 7, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

A staff member of the Rose Barracks Child Development Center has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to preventive mitigation measures the center will only have to close the classroom affected. This will allow for cleaning and for testing of the staff members and children that had close contact. The parents of the children assigned to the affected classroom have been contacted by the CDC staff. More information will be provided to affected families as it becomes available.

State of Bavaria Update (Oct. 31, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

ATTENTION: The German State of Bavaria released its 8th Ordinance containing new COVID restrictions that become effective on Monday, Nov. 2. For the duration of this ordinance group sizes are restricted to only 2 households AND 10 people. This rule applies everywhere, in public or private settings and is deliberately designed to severely restrict group sizes for a 28 day period (2 incubation cycles) in order to flatten the second wave of infection.

There is no change to Annex A at this time, but an update to Tab 1 and the translation of the Ordinance is available at the 7ATC COVID-19 webpage.

The Ordinance is a major change from previous rules on gatherings, because the rule must be applied in order. First, you can only gather with your own household and members of one other household. Second, that group cannot exceed 10 people. The stoplight chart previously used has been replaced by these rules.


Other off-post changes include prohibiting most sporting events, closure of recreational, cultural and leisure facilities, and closure of dining establishments with exception of pick-up or delivery. Alcohol sales at gas stations and other vending sites are prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lodging is only allowed for essential reasons, in particular professional and business purposes.

Schools, day care and religious services are not affected by this ordinance as long as proper hygiene and mitigation plans are in place.

At this time, no changes to on post services or activities are directed. Please stay tuned to Facebook and the USAG Bavaria web page for updates and changes.

 

Community Bank Notice (Oct. 30, 2020)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Community Bank Notice | Rose and Tower Barracks | Effective starting Nov. 3, 2020
Tower Barracks (Grafenwoehr) associates will provide banking services to the Rose Barracks (Vilseck) community, as select RB associates continue to quarantine (see post: HERE 
). This will impact operations at both locations, until further notice.

Rose Barracks: Appointment Only
Tues / Wed / Thurs
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tower Barracks: Appointment Only
Mon – Fri
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, either create an online banking request or call:
• Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2539 / CIV 096628791
• Tower Barracks: DSN 569-0699 / CIV 0964192240

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:
https://go.usa.gov/xG7wY

• 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. 
• 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. 
• 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.
• Grafenwoehr ACS is hosting an “It Takes Two” marriage seminar. For more information, go here.
• Extended Postal holiday hours will go into effect Nov. 2 and last until Jan. 9. For more info, go here 
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• 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 
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Town Hall Highlights (Sept. 30, 2020) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs

Check out USAG Bavaria's Frequently Asked Questions, here:
https://go.usa.gov/xG7wY

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TRAVEL
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• 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.

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EVENTS
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• 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

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FLU SHOTS
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• 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.

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GERMAN HOLIDAY
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• 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.

Tuesdays:
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.

 


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