April 9, 2021

Bavaria's COVID-19 restrictions have been extended until May 9, 2021. The updated chart is an explanation of the restrictions based on news reports. As always, the ordinance will be posted to the 7ATC COVID-19 information page. Any changes to the General Order, Annex A or Tab 1 will be posted there as well once signed and released. Please address any questions to your chain of command or unit legal advisor.

Link to RKI dashboard.

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

Temporarily Closed: Hohenfels Barber Shops (Apr. 15, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


Hohenfels Barber Shops will be temporarily closed after a COVID positive test. Additional testing and tracing operations are underway. Affected customers will be contacted by COVID Task Force team members. More inforamiton will be provided whent he facilities have been cleaned and are able to reopen. 

MEDDAC-Bavaria: COVID Vaccine Update (Apr. 13, 2021)
MEDDAC-Bavaria


U.S. Army medical treatment facilities are working hard to execute the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s plan to offer the #COVID19 vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries beginning April 19, and to administer at least an initial dose to every eligible person who wants one by mid-May. 

Over the next three weeks, we expect to receive approximately 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s likely that we’ll receive even more than that if all goes as planned. Stay tuned to your Medical Treatment Facility’s web and social media channels for the latest information on where and how vaccines will be administered. Army MTFs only receive information on projected vaccine shipments about three weeks in advance of delivery, but as always, vaccine distribution is contingent upon receipt of vaccine.

Vaccine allotments are shipped directly to each MTF, based on Army priorities and vaccine availability. Unless there’s an exceptional circumstance, we don’t redistribute vaccine from one MTF to another to prevent vaccine compromise or loss in transit. As a result, some medical treatment facilities are moving through the DoD Prioritization Tiers more quickly than others. This is based on the number of people in each tier, and vaccine availability at each MTF.

Please don’t call your clinic to request a vaccine. Your clinic will provide information on their website and Facebook pages on how to access vaccinations.  As always, we encourage all those who are eligible to receive the vaccine when it’s available.

Information updates will be provided through command channels, here on Facebook, and on our public website: https://mhs-europe.tricare.mil/Patient-Resources/COVID-19.

MEDDAC-Bavaria: COVID Vaccine Update (Apr. 9, 2021)
MEDDAC-Bavaria


The Defense Health Agency recently announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will begin offering the #COVID19 vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries beginning April 19, and they expect that overseas installations will have enough vaccines to administer at least an initial dose to every eligible person who wants one by mid-May. We are working with U.S. Army Europe and Africa and U.S. Army Medical Command for clarifying guidance on the anticipated increase in vaccine distribution, and we’ll provide information on upcoming COVID-19 vaccination events and the process for getting vaccinated. As always, vaccine distribution is contingent upon receipt of vaccine. 
Next week, the majority of our MTFs will continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines to personnel in the 1B (national critical capability personnel, rapidly deploying personnel, front-line mission essential workers and those community members aged 75 years old and greater), and the 1C (authorized persons aged >65-74 years and 18 - 64 year olds with increased risk for severe illness) tier groups.

Temporarily Closed: Tower Barracks PPPO (Mar. 24, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The LRC Bavaria Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO), located at Bldg. 244 Tower Barracks, is currently closed due to a COVID-19 detection. The PPPO will not be servicing customers for the next 14 days (from March 24 through April 6, 2021). 

Customers needing assistance may contact:
• Hohenfels at DSN: 522-2809 / CIV: 09472-708-2809
• Garmisch at DSN: 440-3488 / CIV 08821-750-3488

Note: During your call, please indicate your home stations (Grafenwoehr or Vilseck).  
If there are any additional questions, please contact the ITO at DSN: 475-6343 / CIV: 09641-83-6343. Thank you for your understanding.


Town Hall Highlights (March 17, 2021) 
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• Ensure you write legibly and leave accurate contact information, when filling out tracing contact information. 
• If your kids are feeling ill, keep them at home. If you are feeling ill, stay home. 
• If you are not contacted by the tracing team, then you are not considered a close contact. That being said, always monitor for symptoms and call your health care provider if any arise. 
• Because of the COVID variance, we are going back to a 14-day ROM / quarantine in certain circumstances. Community members identified as COVID Positive and their close contacts are required a 14-day ROM / quarantine. Community members who are returning from travel (i.e. PCS) require a 10-day ROM / quarantine.
• If you are told to go to the ARC because you were traced back to be a potential close contact, you must go to the ARC to get tested. 
• MEDDAC-Bavaria will message the community once they receive more vaccines. They will continue to administer vaccines as they receive them.
• There is an increase in severity in the new COVID virus, see the report from the British Medical Journal here: https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/372/bmj.n579.full.pdf
• According to MEDDAC-Bavaria professionals, the Moderna vaccine that we are using in this footprint seems to work against the new UK variant.
• Vaccinated individuals are not exempt from any current regulations.
• March is National Nutrition Awareness Month. Eatright.org is sponsoring this month with 'personalize your plate.' Go to https://www.eatright.org to learn more.
• MEDDAC-B nutritionists are available to all Tricare recipients. They are there to help you and your family make healthy food choices. Call your local health clinic for more information.
• Here are the ‘Big 5’ keys to follow for National Nutrition Awareness Month: (1) Ensure your plate is half fruits and vegetables. (2) Get to know your food labels. (3) Drink more water. (4) When you snack, snack smart. (5) Meal prep helps you stay on track.
• Tobacco cessation programs are available at the local clinics. Go to your local medical clinic for more information.
• If you are having an issue at a health clinic, please ask to speak to a detachment sergeant, chief nurse, or clinic commander. Alternatively, you can send in an ICE comment or a Facebook message to MEDDAC-Bavaria.
• If you want feedback from the ICE comment you submitted, ensure you check the block that says you want a response and also include your contact information.
• Talk to your chain of command about any questions regarding leave. 
• Ensure your student sits in their assigned seats while on the bus to ensure that accurate tracing is possible.


Temporarily Closed: Zone Cafe in Vilseck (Mar. 10, 2021)
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Facilities are scheduled to reopen on March 29.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Zone Café on Rose barracks will be closed temporarily. Contact tracing and cleaning operations are underway. As always, if you feel ill please stay home and contact your medical provider for further guidance.


Temporarily Closed: IACS / ID Card / Fingerprint / Passport Offices in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck (Mar. 10, 2021)
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Facilities are scheduled to reopen on March 29.

The Tower Barracks ID Card, Passport, Fingerprint and IACS offices will be closed due to COVID-19. Contact tracing operations are still ongoing. If you had an appointment at one of these facilities, please monitor for any COVID symptoms. If any are present, please contact your health care provider for evaluation and possible testing.

Currently scheduled passport appointments will be rescheduled via email. Currently scheduled ID card appointments will be rescheduled as soon as the ID card office is able to reopen. Currently scheduled fingerprint appointments will be rescheduled as soon as the fingerprint office is able to reopen. Emails sent to the ID card and passport offices will be answered as quickly as possible.

The 2 CR ID card office will provide support for emergency CAC pin resets and emergency CAC issuance for Service Members (i.e. lost/stolen/expired ID cards). The phone number to schedule an appointment is DSN 599-0174 / CIV 09641-70-599-0174.

The Hohenfels ID card office will provide emergency ID card issuancefor civilian and host nation employees, family members and retirees (i.e. lost/stolen/expired ID cards). Please call the Hohenfels ID card office PRIOR to driving to Hohenfels at DSN 522-2547 / CIV 09472-708-2547. Failure to contact the Hohenfels ID card office prior to visiting, may result in denial of service.

The Hohenfels passport office will provide emergency passport services (i.e. emergency passport applications or emergency SOFA card issuance). Please contact the Hohenfels passport office PRIOR to driving to Hohenfels at DSN 522-2734 / CIV 09472-708-2734. Failure to contact the Hohenfels ID card office prior to visiting, may result in denial of service.

7ATC Updates COVID-19 Policies (Mar. 8, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


7th Army Training Command has updated several COVID polices and informational resources applicable to the the U.S. military community in Bavaria, in alignment with last week's mitigation measures from Germany and Bavaria. 
• Annex A explains the local travel restrictions and social gathering limitations both on and off the installation, as part of the General Order.
• Tab 1 translates and summarizes the Bavarian ordinance in effect through March 28.
• The Mask Policy applies on the installation, both indoors and outdoors. 

These resources and more can be found at www.7atc.army.mil/COVID-19/.


Bavaria Ordinance COVID-19 Restriction Update (Mar. 5, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


Depicted HERE is a representation of the announced changes to COVID-19 restrictions built from the State of Bavaria's news release following their deliberations on March 4. Updates will be made if necessary once a new ordinance is released and translated. As always, the ordinance will be posted to the 7ATC COVID information page. Any changes to the General Order, Annex A or Tab 1 will be posted there as well once signed and released. Please address any questions to your chain of command or unit legal advisor.

Town Hall Highlights (March 3, 2021)
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** CORRECTION ** We have been advised (and confirmed through legal) that bus drivers are NOT required to wear a mask while driving for multiple reasons to include safety for the passengers. We apologize for any confusion on the matter.
• Host Nation restrictions are extended until the March 28, 2021. All rules still remain in place. We will provide more information once we receive it. 
• Beauty and Barbershops are open on-post by appointment. Please wear an FFP2 mask, if you are entering those establishments. FFP2 masks are available for purchase at the PX. The use of FFP2 masks are also required off-post: in all open stores, while using transit, attending religious services, inside medical establishments and when entering restaurants. Additionally, the Kaiserslautern military community installations also require the use of FFP2 or similar masks. 
• Quarantine and testing is still a requirement — even if you are vaccinated. All rules and regulations that are in place still apply to those who have been vaccinated.
• A COVID test is required to travel back to the U.S.
• Unofficial overnight trips are still currently unauthorized. Hotel stays, that are not business-related, are currently forbidden by the Bavarian ordinance.  
• The garrison is extending the hours at the Hohenfels gym.
Mon - Fri: 0530 - 2000 (closed for deep cleaning 1300 - 1400)
Sat - Sun, US and Training Holidays: 0800 - 1600
• The Tower Barracks post office has established an express and bulk line. The express line will cater to patrons who are picking up 2 items or less. The bulk line is reserved for those who are picking up 3 or more packages. 
• Incoming personnel, who want to be put on the wait list for USAG Bavaria Housing, should send their orders to their sponsor as soon as they receive them. However, offers won’t be made until three weeks prior to arrival.
• There are currently no changes to any CDC programs. 
• Quiet hours are from 2200 – 0600 and all day on Sunday. Be a good neighbor! 
• Consider donating to the Army Emergency Relief. 
• #BetterInBavaria: The Bavaria Health Initiative has just kicked off. Consider participating in the Owning My Own Readiness Program.

USAG Bavaria Friday Community Update (Feb. 26, 2021)
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• DoDEA Europe sent out a policy yesterday about FFP2 masks for school busses, but this policy has since been reversed. Cloth masks are the minimum requirement for our kids on the bus and at school. 
• DoDEA students have been talking about hosting birthday parties at their homes. Here’s reminder of the current regulations: (1) We are still under a lockdown and visitation to your homes are limited (2) On-post, only two families may gather (3) Off-post, only your family plus one individual may gather.
• Here’s the list of services expected to reopen on March 1: 
- Barber shops, beauty salons and personal care services (such as manicures, pedicures and facial care); FFP2 masks are required when receiving a haircut; Tower Barracks Spa is expected to reopen on March 3
- Garden centers, tree nurseries and hardware stores
- Music lessons may resume in areas where the 7-day incident rate is below 100 cases / 100,000 people


Secretary of Defense Mask Policy Update (Feb. 16, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


7th Army Training Command has issued an updated Mask Policy for wear of masks on the installation, as well as an updated Tab 1 that helps explain the latest changes in Bavarian law.

The updated mask policy reflects directives from the Secretary of Defense applicable across all U.S. military installations, and reiterates the requirement for our community members to know and adhere to host nation ordinances.

Masks are required on Army installations for any indoor or outdoor shared spaces, with exceptions noted in the policy to include Army housing.

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or example, if you are walking by yourself on the installation or alone in your vehicle, you do not require a mask. If you are walking or exercising in a group, or riding in a vehicle with people other than members of your household, then you must wear a mask.

The policy and Tab 1, plus many other informational links, are available at www.7atc.army.mil/COVID-19/.

Update to Bavarian Ordinance (Feb. 11, 2021) 
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The lockdown currently in place has been extended through March 7 according to Federal German and Bavarian officials. There is no current change to any installation services. Travel outside of work or your home should be minimized as much as possible. Reopening of schools is being looked at closely by DoDEA and senior leaders, more information will be provided when available. Barbers and hairdressers will be able to resume operations March 1 under updated conditions. Please address any additional questions to your chain of command or unit legal advisor.

An updated Annex A was signed by BG Norrie today. The significant change to this document is allowing 2 households to gather ON POST ONLY. Host nation rules apply to anyone living off the installation, to include those in leased housing units.

A translation of the updated Bavarian Ordinance will be posted to the 7th ATC COVID-19 Portal once it is received. You can also find the most recent General Order, Tab A and Annex 1 on their site as well.

Current rules that remain in place include:
• FFP2 masks (or KN-95/N-95) must be worn off post if using public transportation or shopping for those age 15 and above. Children 6-14 must still wear cloth face coverings.
• Meeting in private can only be done with members of your household and one (1) additional person.
• 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).
• Schools remain in remote learning through at least Feb. 19
• The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in effect for counties and cities with a 7-day incidence above 100. No curfew in effect if the incident rate is below 100 for 7 consecutive days.
• All nonessential shops and services remain closed
• Leaders are encouraged to allow teleworking as much as possible
• 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.


Col. Danbeck receives the COVID-19 vaccine (Feb. 3, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


Watch the video, here 

Town Hall Highlights (Feb. 3, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


• MEDDAC-Bavaria is hosting another virtual town hall tonight — Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Go to their page to watch the town hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/981810682348867 ⚠ 
• ARMA: Use the new maintenance app at armymaintenance.com ⚠  for all work order needs. Ensure you select on your specific building and address, if available. 
• The USAG Bavaria community is desperate for families and homes to volunteer for the emergency placement care (EPC) program through ACS. For more information, click this link
• COVID Vaccine: The Emergency Use Authorization COVID-19 vaccine is an MNRA (messenger NRA) vaccine, given in a two-dose series. The vaccine is injected in a large muscle, like the deltoid. There are manageable known anticipated affects that the FDA and the medical clinics are aware of. The most common is slight pain at the injection site. The second dose is administered 28 days later. When receiving the vaccine, you will be required to wait for 15 minutes after the injection has occurred to ensure the recipients safety. MEDDAC-Bavaria is following the DoD list of prioritization for who gets the vaccine. This is a phased approach that is currently being worked through. MEDDAC-Bavaria is working to identify individuals in the specific phases. 
• Flu Vaccine: The vaccine is available at the medical clinics. Do not get the flu vaccine within 14 days of getting the COVID vaccine. 
• Vehicle Registration: Be proactive. Try and schedule your appointments early. Be prepared. This is the largest OCONUS Garrison overseas. The office manages over 16,000 vehicles. Don’t wait to renew your vehicle registration. Vehicle registrations can be renewed 75 days prior to expiring. Be prepared. On average, there is a 10% no-show for appointments. There is a 30% no-show rate on training holidays. An appointment missed by you, is an appointment missed by two. An average of 20% of customers who show up to the appointments aren’t entirely prepared with all the paperwork necessary to complete the appointment. Follow the checklists and ensure all paperwork is complete. Walk-ins are not always possible due to COVID restrictions. If there is a no-show, it is possible to back fill. However, there is no guarantee. Check out the new redesigned vehicle registration page.
Also, online booking for appointments are now live.
• Post Office: The garrison and the Post Office is looking at ways to shorten the line. The post office is still seeing a holiday-level amount of packages. Online ordering is more popular then ever. 
• Snow & Ice removal: Snow removal is a realigned priority. 
• DoDEA schools are still virtual only until Feb. 12, 2021. 
• In Bavaria: FFP2 masks are necessary off-post when shopping in the economy, during medical appointments and when using public transportation. 


DoDEA Europe Schools to remain virtual through mid-February (Jan. 29, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


DoDEA Europe Schools announced Jan. 28 that schools in Germany would largely remain virtual through mid February in accordance with host nation schools. 

Brig. Gen. Christopher Norrie, 7th Army Training Command commander, addresses this announcement as both the senior responsible officer for U.S. military in Bavaria and as a parent, asking for continued support of each other and especially for parents and school age children in the community. View the video, here
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COVID-19 Vaccination Plan (Jan. 26, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being administered in phases based on CDC and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) guidance. Check with your military hospital or clinic to learn how and when you can be vaccinated. 

For more information, visit: www.tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine

Update to Bavarian Ordinance (Jan. 20, 2021)
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


The German government has announced that the current restrictions in place have been extended to Feb. 14. There are no changes to USAG Bavaria services or policies at this time. Please address any questions to your chain of command or unit legal advisor.

A translation of the Bavarian Ordinance will be posted to the 7th ATC COVID-19 Portal at once it is received. You can also find the most recent General Order, Tab A and Annex 1 on their site as well.
Current rules in place include:
• FFP2 masks (or KN-95/N-95) must be worn off post if using public transportation or shopping for those age 15 and above. Children 6-14 must still wear cloth face coverings.
• Meeting in private can only be done with members of your household and one (1) additional person.
• 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).
• Schools remain in remote learning
• 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.


Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States(Jan. 15, 2021) 
USAG Bavaria Public Affairs


Beginning Jan. 26, 2021, if you travel from a foreign country to the U.S., you must provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before travel. Learn more about the travel requirements as stated by the CDC, here.

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


Jan. 15 - UPDATE: The Bavarian government has announced that KN-95 masks are an acceptable alternative to the FFP2 mask requirement. AAFES has also received some masks that should be available in stores by early next week. There will be a one week grace period before fines begin for not having the appropriate mask on public transportation or shopping facilities. As a reminder, this is off-post only. These masks are not required on any USAG Bavaria installations.
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Jan. 14 - UPDATE: BavarianNews article published FFP2 masks now required for shopping and public transit in Bavaria 

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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: 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) 
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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) 
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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) 
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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/


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