Garrison Update

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From Col. Daniel J. Vogel, USAG Italy Garrison Commander:

May 22

On Monday, we will observe Memorial Day. It is a day of solemn reverence to honor those who served and sacrificed everything in defense of our nation, its values, and our freedoms and liberties.

As we kick off the long weekend and continue the transition to slowly lifting restrictions, we cannot afford to lower our guard. As always, the health and safety of our Soldiers, Civilians, Family members, Host Nation professionals, and neighbors is a primary concern. 

In everything you do, stay safe to protect yourself and others. Please remember it only takes one. Take personal responsibility, wash your hands, wear a face-covering, and maintain physical distance.

This week Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, Commanding General of U.S. Army Africa and the Senior Responsible Officer for U.S. Army Garrison Italy, signed an amendment to General Order #2. The amended GO#2 is mandatory for Service members at all times. Host Nation law applies to everyone at all times.

The amendment was issued through chain of command.  Please contact your leadership if you have not seen a copy yet. We also edited the GO#2 graphic to highlight the new amendments. The graphic is posted on the garrison’s website and Facebook page. I would encourage everyone to save a copy for future reference.     

Community members are reminded to remain vigilant in monitoring the environment and mitigating risk. As restrictions are eased, it is important to remember we are all in this together and individual actions can protect the entire community.

During the last town halls, it was mentioned that USAG Italy will lag behind the Host Nation in the easing of restrictions. We have a phased and deliberate plan to open things back up on our installations. Our Recovery Task Force continues to work through the recovery plan as we gradually return to full operations.

This week, we opened outdoor gyms on Ederle and Del Din with mitigation measures. The commissary and AAFES locations are also resuming normal operating hours. These are tangible signs that we are moving towards some sort of normalcy as we gradually bring activities back online.

Yesterday, we conducted another Recovery Review Board. We reviewed and approved over 17 requests from 9 service/activity providers to resume activities with some form of changes and upgrades in their operational posture. These included the MWR Art Center, Outdoor Recreation, DHR Army Continuing Education Services, Counseling and Testing, Passport, DES POV Registration, LRC POV Inspection, Darby Thrift Store, Commissary bistro, coffee shops, AAFES construction, AAFES barbershops/beauty salons, USADC Dental readiness, and distribution of DoDEA diplomas and transcripts.

The board also invited 14 services/activities to present to the board for approval in the coming weeks. Once a service or activity is ready to operate under the approved mitigation measure, we will update the community on those changes accordingly. I encourage you to follow the garrison’s Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information.

We thank you for your continued patience as we work through this process and remain committed to do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner.

Host Nation Regulations

Find below the summaries of the latest Veneto Region Ordinance and Italian Government Decree. They both equally apply to our community.

Please also visit the FAQs tab for further information.

On May 22, Vicenza Mayor Francesco Rucco signed an ordinance that will be in effect until June 2, forbidding the consumption of alcoholic beverages of any alcoholic content except within the interior or exterior property of the authorized establishments. Violators will be fined between 400 and 3,000 euro.

Veneto Region Ordinance, May 17, 2020 CURRENT

Provisions of ordinance of the Veneto Region # 48 of 17 May 2020

a. PPE

  1. Except for the cases as of point 2, the use of mask or other device to cover nose and mouth and of hand sanitizer is mandatory when outside one’s property, as well as maintaining the interpersonal distance of at least one meter and of two meters during physical activity, without prejudice to bigger distances that can be established by special provisions.
  2. The use of mask or device to cover nose and mouth is not necessary in the following cases:

a. While driving vehicles or motorcycles, except for company vehicles (where the rules of the employer apply) and the taxis/hired vehicles, for which there are specific rules.

b. In the case of children under 6 years of age.

c. In the case of people with disabilities not compatible with the continued use of mask.

d. In the case of people who are alone in areas closed to the public, as provided for in the specific protocols and/or guidelines.

e. In the case of physical and sport activity carried out in isolated areas or during the phase of intense activity.

b. PERSONAL MOVEMENT AND INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Movement for any reason is allowed within the region, also for recreational, leisure and tourist purposes, on foot or with any other means of transport, including leisure crafts.
  2. Any gathering among non-cohabitants in private or public places is not allowed.
  3. Access to public parks and gardens is allowed, and interpersonal distance of at least one meter must be maintained. Gatherings are not allowed.
  4. Sport and physical activity can be carried out in sports centers, too, in compliance with the dedicated regional guidelines, also using equipment and in groups, respecting the distance of 2 meters. If the 2-meter distance cannot be maintained or is impossible, the mask must be used, except during the phase of intense physical effort.
  5. Movement to visit relatives is allowed also outside the Veneto Region, within the limits of the province or former neighboring province, by residents in provinces located on the border between Veneto and other Regions or Autonomous Provinces. Movement can occur only after joint communication by the Presidents of the Regions or Autonomous Provinces to the competent Prefects, to be published on the site of the regional and provincial administration. The movement may be limited to individual municipalities identified in the aforementioned joint communication.

c. ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

a. All the activities allowed by state norms and by regional ordinances up to 17 April 2020 in compliance to the protocols as per attachments 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the DPCM of 26 April 2020 can continue their activity.

b. As of 18 May 2020, the following activities are allowed, in compliance with the specific guidelines approved by the Conference of the Regions of 16 May 2020 and the guidelines approved by the Region:

1. Dining

Any type of food and beverage service, such as restaurants, trattoria, pizzerias, bars, pubs, pastry shops, ice cream parlors, rotisserie/deli (even located in hotels, in beach resorts and inside malls and shopping centers), as well as catering businesses.

2. Beach resorts

Beach resorts, beach clubs, equipped beaches, public beaches.

3. Guest accommodations

Hotels, B&Bs, agriturismi and any other guest accommodation facilities.

4. Mountain lodges (Rifugi)

Any mountain lodge/facility.

5. Camping grounds

Outdoor guest/tourist facility of any kind (campers, mobile homes, tents, bungalows, etc.)

6. Services to the person

Hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattoo parlors, pet groomers, except for Turkish bath treatments, saunas and thermal spa activities.

7. Retail shops

Any kind of retail sale, no product category is excluded.

8. Retail sale on public areas

Markets, weekly markets, agricultural markets, vintage, hobby and flea markets, street vendors.

9. Offices open to the public

All service offices, even professional ones, including commerce agencies and real estate agencies, offices of professional and non-school training and education that take place in closed premises with access of people, including sport lessons (always in compliance with interpersonal distance of two meters, or with use of mask and hand sanitizer if not possible), music, language, cultural formation and theater lessons, and others as per Ateco code 85.5.

10. Driving schools

Courses and practice tests carried out by driving schools. In public offices and during practice, with use of mask, hand sanitizer and disinfection after each use.

11. Theater production activities

Artistic and theater activity without presence of public (for rules, see guidelines on the part regarding public offices.)

12. Pools

Public and private pools, also located in hotels, agriturismi, public exercises, camping grounds, other facilities.

13. Gyms

Sports halls, public and private gyms, for practice of physical activities and also classes (without physical contact.)

14. Sports facilities

All outdoor sports facilities with indoors common areas (reception, equipment room, changing rooms, etc.)

15. Maintenance of green areas

Maintenance of green areas by public and private subjects, both professional and non-professional.

16. Museums, archives and libraries

Local entities and public and private museums, archives and libraries.

17. Zoological parks and natural reserves

Management of zoological parks and gardens, botanical gardens, natural reserves and similar.

18. Transport of people with cableway installations

Funiculars, chair lifts, and other installations for movement in the mountains.

d. SUSPENDED ACTIVITIES

Thermal baths, cultural centers and social centers are closed, except for the provision of services falling within the category of essential assistance. Arcades, amusement parks, gambling facilities and bingo halls, discos, dance halls (also for courses) and similar places are closed.


e. OPERATING HOURS AND DAYS OF SHOPS AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES

In order to allow an orderly and safe access to the shops and services as soon as the activity reopens, operating hours and days can be modified by the individual operators, after communication to the city administration, without limits to the number of daily hours and holidays worked.

f. PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP

The resumption of curricular and extra-curricular internships in the regional territory - within the framework of the regional education system - is allowed in classroom training mode at all the premises that carry out production activities in the sectors not suspended pursuant to the DPCM of March 22, 2020 and subsequent amendments, and DPCM of April 26, 2020.

Internships may take place on condition that the organization of the spaces is such to minimize the risk of proximity and aggregation and that all organizational measures of prevention and protection are taken with respect to the specific activities to be carried out, having particular regard to the specific needs of people with disabilities.

In the workplace, the shared protocol signed on 24 April 2020 by the government and labor unions must be fully respected, as well as the other protocols specific to the activity taking place.

g. SCHOOL AND PROFESSIONAL TRANING ACTIVITIES

1. Public bodies, including local entities and private entities that provide training activities that cannot be carried out remotely - as they require the use of laboratories with machinery and/or equipment and/or tools - are allowed to carry out such activities, provided that there is an organization of spaces and work such as to minimize the risk of proximity, and that organizational prevention and protection measures are taken in conjunction with the laboratory needs, also having regard to the specific needs of people with disabilities, referred to in "Technical document on the possible reorganization of the contagion containment measures from SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace and prevention strategies" published by INAIL.

2. The regional ITS Foundations and other public bodies, including local and private subjects that provide training activities, are allowed to carry out both the theoretical and the practical activities or laboratories of the final exams of the professional training courses and of the technical higher education courses, provided that there is an organization of spaces and work such as to minimize proximity and that organizational prevention and protection measures are taken in conjunction with the laboratory needs, also having regard to the specific needs of people with disabilities, in compliance with safety protocols and the specific operational indications.

3. In addition to the previous point, laboratory-type training activities carried out by private entities or entities such as hobby courses are also allowed, provided that they comply with the requirements of attachment 5 of the DPCM of 26 April 2020.

h. RELIGIOUS SERVICES

Religious services are carried out in accordance with the protocols undersigned by the single religious confessions.


i. CEMETERIES

Where not specifically regulated, funeral services must be carried out with the obligation to maintain the distance of one meter and use mask and gloves or hand sanitizer.

j. PERIOD OF VALIDITY

The provisions of this ordinance are valid starting 18 May 2020 until 2 June 2020.

FINAL PROVISIONS

k. Violation of these provisions will be sanctioned pursuant to article 4 of decree-law # 19 of 25 March 2020. As per article 13 of law 689/91 law enforcement agencies are responsible for the sanctioning. The fines must be paid to: IBAN code IT 41 V 02008 02017 000100537110 “Violation of COVID-19 regional ordinance.”

l. The Presidency of the Council of Ministers will receive communication of this ordinance.

m. The Directorate of Civil Protection is tasked to execute this ordinance.

n. This ordinance does not generate expenditures for the region.

o. This ordinance is published in the Region’s official board.

Signed by Luca Zaia

17 May 2020

Italian Government Decree, May 18, 2020 CURRENT

THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

Seen articles 77 and87 of the Constitution,

Seen article 16 ofthe Constitution, which allows limitations to freedom of movement for healthreasons,

Considering that theWHO has declared a COVID-19 pandemic,

Acknowledging thecurrent state of the epidemiological situation,

Considering the extraordinarynecessity and urgency to issue new provisions for the COVID-19 epidemiologicalemergency, adopting adequate and proportionate measures to contrast and containthe spread of the virus,

Seen thedeliberation of the Council of Ministers, adopted during the meeting of 15 May2020,

Upon proposal of thePresident of the Council of Ministers, of the Minister of Health, of theInterior, of Justice, of Economy and Finance,

Issues the followingdecree-law:

Article1

Measuresto contain the spread of COVID-19

1. As of May 18 2020, movementwithin the same region will not be subject to any limitations. Theprovisions of articles 2 and 3 of the decree-law #19 of 25 March 2020 may beadopted or reiterated within the regional territory in relation to specificareas affected by a particular aggravation of the epidemiological situation.

2. Until 2 June 2020, travel withpublic and private means of transport in a region other than that in which oneis currently located is prohibited, except for proven work needs, absoluteurgency or health reasons. In any case, the returnto one's home or residence is allowed.

3. From June 3 2020, travel betweendifferent regions can only be limited by measures adopted pursuant to article 2of the decree-law #19 of March 25 2020, in relation to specificareas of the national territory, according to principles of adequacy andproportionality to the epidemiological risk actually present in these areas.

4. Until 2 June 2020, movement to andfrom abroad (outside of Italy) with public or private means of transport is notallowed, unless for proven work needs, absolute urgency, health reasons or inthe other cases identified with provisions adopted pursuant to article 2 ofdecree-law # 19 of 2020. In any case, the return to one's home or residence isallowed. As of 3 June 2020, movement to and from abroad can be limited only by measurespursuant to article 2 of the decree-law # 19 of 2020 also in relation tospecific countries and territories, according to principles of adequacy andproportionality to the epidemiological risk and in compliance with theconstraints deriving from the regulation of the European Union and internationalobligations.

5. Travel between the Vatican City or the Republic of San Marino andneighboring regions is not subject to any limitations.

6. Persons subjected to the quarantinemeasure by provision of the health authority are not allowed to leave theirhome until their recovery has been ascertained or until they are hospitalizedin a healthcare facility or similar facility.

7. The precautionary quarantine isapplied by the health authority to subjects who have had close contacts withconfirmed cases of COVID-19, and also to other subjects indicated pursuant toarticle 2 of the decree-law # 19 of 2020.

8. Gatherings of people in publicplaces or places open to the public are forbidden. Fairs,exhibitions, events, conventions, congresses and shows of any nature (includingcultural, leisure and sports) with presence of public in a public place or inplaces open to the public must occur according to the provisions of article 2of the decree-law # 19 of 2020, and must take place where it is deemed possibleaccording to the epidemiological trend.

9. TheMayor can provide for the temporary closure of specific public areas or areasopen to the public where the interpersonal distance of at least one metercannot be adequately maintained.

10. Meetings must take place in compliance with theinterpersonal distance of at least one meter.

11.Religious functions with theparticipation of people must be carried out in compliance with the protocolssigned by the government and the respective religions, containing theappropriate measures to prevent the risk of contagion.

12.The provisions of paragraphs 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are carried out withprovisions adopted pursuant to article 2 of the decree-law # 19 of 2020, thatcan also establish different terms of efficacy.

13.All educational services and didactic activities in schools of all levels,as well as the attendance of school and higher education activities, includinguniversities and institutes of advanced artistic, musical and dance training,professional courses, masters,healthcare professional courses and university for the elderly and othercourses and training activities held by local public or private entities mustbe carried out in accordance to article 2 of the decree-law # 19 of 2020.

14.Economic, social and production activities must take place in compliancewith the contents of protocols or guidelines to prevent or reduce the risk ofcontagion in the sector of reference or similar ones that are adopted by the regionsor by the Conference of Regions and autonomous provinces, in compliance withthe principles contained in the national protocols or guidelines. In theabsence of regional ones, the protocols or guidelines adopted at the nationallevel will apply. In compliance with the principles of adequacy and proportionality,limiting measures for economic and productive activities can be adopted withmeasures issued pursuant to article 2 or paragraph 16 of the decree-law # 19 of2020.

15.Failure to comply with the contents of the regional or national protocolsor guidelines as per paragraph 14 that do not ensure adequate levels ofprotection results in the suspension of the economic or production activityuntil the safety conditions are restored.

16.To ensure that economic, production and social activities are carried outsafely, the regions shall monitor the trend of the epidemiological situation andthe adequacy of the regional health system related to this trend on a dailybasis. The data must be communicated daily by the regions to the Ministry ofHealth, the Italian Board of Health and the Technical-Scientific Committee asper ordinance of the Chief of the Department of Civil Protection # 630 of 3February 2020 and subsequent modifications. In relation to the progress of theepidemiological situation on the territory (ascertained according to thecriteria established by decree of Minister of Health of April 30, 2020 andsubsequent amendments), pending the adoption of the President's decrees of theCouncil of Ministers pursuant to article 2 of decree-law # 19 of 2020, theRegion (while informing the Minister of Health at the same time) may introducederogatory, expansionary or more restrictive measures than those pursuant tothe same article 2.

Article 2

Fines and checks

1. Unless the fact constitutes a crime other than that referred to in Article650 of the Criminal Code, violations of the provisions of this decree, or ofthe decrees and ordinances issued to implement this decree are punished withthe administrative sanction referred to in article 4, paragraph 1, of thedecree-law # 19 of 25 March 2020. In cases where the violation is committed duringa business activity, the accompanying administrative sanction of the closure ofthe business for 5 to 30 days also applies.

2. Article 4, paragraph 3 of decree-law # 19 of 2020 is applied for thedetection of the violations and reduced payment. Penalties for violations ofmeasures ordered by state authorities are imposed by the Prefect. Penalties forviolations of measures ordered by regional and local authorities are imposed bythe authorities that ordered them. If necessary to prevent the continuation orrecurrence of the violation, the proceeding authority may order the temporaryclosure of the activity or exercise for a duration not exceeding 5 days,possibly to be offset by the accompanying sanction during its actual implementation.In case of repeated violation of the same provision, the administrativesanction is doubled and the accompanying one is applied to the maximum extent.

3. Unless the fact constitutes a violation of article 452 of the Criminal Codeor a more serious crime, the violation of the provision of article 1, comma 6is punished pursuant to article 260 of the Royal Decree # 1265 of 27 July 1934.

Article 3

Final provisions

1. The provisions of this decree are effective starting May 18 2020 and remainin effect until 31 July 2020, except for the different terms provided for byarticle 1.

2. The provisions of this decree apply to Regions with special status and tothe autonomous Provinces of Trento and Bolzano, consistently with theirrespective statutes and the relative implementation rules.

3. The implementation of this decree must not result in new or higher chargesfor public finances and administrations. The interested parties provide for theactivities foreseen therein by using the human, instrumental and financialresources available as per the current legislation.

Article 4

Entry into force

This decree comes into force on the day of its publication in the OfficialGazette of the Italian Republic and will be presented to the Chambers forconversion into law. This decree, bearing the state seal, will be inserted inthe Collection of regulatory documents of the Italian Republic. It is mandatoryto respect it and enforce it.

Issued in Rome, 16 May 2020

The President Mattarella

The President of the Council ofMinisters Conte

The Minister of Health Speranza

The Minister of the Interior Lamorgese

The Minister of Justice Bonafede

The Minister of Economy and FinanceGualtieri

Veneto Region Ordinance, May 4, 2020

Provisions of ordinance of the Veneto Region # 46 of 4 May 2020

  1. Visits to the following are allowed on the entire regional territory: spouses,cohabiting partners, civil union partners, people who are bound by a stable emotional bond, relatives up to the sixth degree (such as, for example, the children of cousins among them) and related persons up to the fourth degree(such as, for example, the cousins of the spouse), as well as other persons indicated in the clarifications published on the Region’s website.

    More cohabitants can travel together using means of transport to move within the regional territory.

    It is allowed to travel to a different municipality from that of residence to purchase goods and services whose sale is allowed (for example food, hardware, car wash and any other economic activity that is permitted.

  2. Maintaining the interpersonal distance does not apply to cohabitants.
  3. The use of mask or other device to cover nose and mouth, of gloves or hand sanitizer is mandatory when outside one’s property, with the exception of children under 6 years of age, people with disabilities or during intense physical activity, except for the obligation to use at the end of the activity. During intense physical activity, one must maintain the interpersonal distance of two meters.

  4. Sport or physical activity outdoors carried out individually or with members of the family unit is allowed on the entire regional territory. For example, this includes but is not limited to walking, running, cycling, archery, horse-riding,tennis, golf, sport fishing, canoeing, rowing, motor cycling, sport climbing,ski mountaineering, water sports activities, wind surfing, diving, etc. For further clarification refer to updates published on the Region’s website.

    It is allowed to use public or private means of transportation to carry out the aforementioned activities within the regional limits.

    It is allowed to move and carry out the aforementioned activity as a couple or with cohabitants, always in compliance with the norms of personal protection.

    Outdoor physical activity to take animals out is allowed.

  5. Individual physical activity or training of professional or non-professional athletes of individual and non-individual sports is allowed, and must occur with at least 2 meters of inter personal distance at all times, also in outdoor or indoor sport centers or pools, but at any rate behind closed doors.
  6. Movement to and from second homes is allowed within the regional territory to perform maintenance on the part of the owner or renter, without prejudice to the possibility of hiring professionals to perform these works. This includes rented or owned motor homes, caravans, boats,air crafts, classic cars or racing cars.

    The owner or renter can travel with cohabitants to perform the aforementioned activities.

  7. The use of private vehicles with passengers other than public transport for work purposes is subject to the provisions valid for the work environment of the company concerned. The use of private vehicles with non-cohabiting passengers must occur by guaranteeing the spacing of at least one meter between people or the use of masks or other suitable coverage of the nose or mouth and use of hand sanitizer.

  8. Navigation is allowed, without prejudice to restrictive measures of the competent authority.
  9. Public parks, gardens of public villas and gardens are open.
  10. Supermarkets and food shops, stores that sell electronics, household appliances, hardware, lights, photography and telephone equipment are closed on Sundays and holidays, without prejudice to the possibility of takeaway or home delivery.
  11. Only one person per family unit can go shopping,except in the case of accompanying minors under 14 years of age or people with disabilities.

    The provisions of annex 1 are applied in the stores and services.
  12. The commercial activities that are suspended are allowed to carry out home delivery, must respect the interpersonal distance and use at least mask and gloves.
  13. Home delivery of food - also by agriturismi - is allowed, and must be in compliance with health and hygiene regulations for packaging and delivery. The operator must wear at least mask and gloves.
  14. Sale of takeaway food is allowed, and must occur after ordering online or by telephone. The food ordered must be picked by one customer at a time and everyone must respect one-meter distance between each other (both inside and outside), must wear mask and gloves or carry hand sanitizer and remain inside only for the time necessary to pay and pick up the food. Operators and owners/managers must all wear masks and gloves. Delivery of food is still allowed. Consuming food on the premises is not allowed. Sale of takeaway food via drive-thru is allowed. This activity can also be carried out by agriturismi.

  15. It is allowed to access the premises of any activity –even the suspended ones – to carry out surveillance, cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and to receive supplies and goods.

  16. The provisions of annexes 2, 3 and 4 (annexes 6, 7 and 8 of the DPCM of 26 April 2020) are applied to the workplace.
  17. The sale of products via vending machines is allowed regardless of the location. Users must respect interpersonal distance of at least one meter and use mask and gloves or hand sanitizer.
  18. Markets or other similar forms of sale without a fixed location that sell food, clothing and shoes for children, flowers and plants, stationery and books are allowed when carried out in compliance with the following:

    One point of entry and one of exit
    Demarcation of area
    Public or private surveillance
    Compliance with provisions of annex 1
  19. Sale of food by street vendors is allowed but must occur in compliance with social distancing of least one meter, both vendor and customer must wear mask and gloves or carry hand sanitizer.
  20. In implementation of letter a) of article 1 of the DPCM of 26 April 2020, dining facilities for employees of one or more companies can open with a special contract in facilities closed to the public. Only workers named by the respective employer are admitted at a predetermined time, and must be divided into shifts. The interpersonal distance of at least meter must be respected, as well as health and sanitary standards. Employees from multiple companies must occupy separate rooms. Aeration and sanitation of the area must take place between each shift, with special attention paid to the bathrooms. There can be no people loitering inside or outside the premises. Staff must wear a mask and change gloves between shifts. If possible, entry and exit should be separated.The operator shall notify the municipality of the service in advance.

  21. Authorized establishment of the hospitality sector whose activity is suspended can accommodate healthcare professionals or other workers who carry out activities connected to the emergency.

  22. Access to cemeteries located within the region is allowed. Funerals are allowed with the participation of family members only, no more than 15, and must be carried out preferably outdoors, covering the airways and strictly respecting the interpersonal distance of at least one-meter.
  23. Opening of public and private libraries is allowed exclusively for the lending of books, ensuring that the delivery and pickup of books occurs in suitable ways to avoid any possible contagion.

  24. Maintenance works of green and natural areas – including beaches – is allowed.

  25. Movement inside or outside the municipality of residence to cultivate land for agricultural use and for own consumption is allowed, even inside urban and city gardens.

  26. Activities or works of Civil Protection connected to the current emergency are allowed.

  27. It is allowed to carryout training and breeding activity of animals in training centers, always in compliance with the interpersonal distance of at least one meter. Agility and rehabilitation activities for dogs are allowed.

  28. The provisions of this ordinance apply to the entire regional territory.

  29. This ordinance replaces ordinance # 44 of 3 May 2020 in its entirety.

  30. The provisions of DPCM of 26 April 2020 and subsequent modifications apply to what is not expressly provided in this ordinance.

  31. The provisions of this ordinance are valid starting 4 May 2020 until 17 May 2020 included.
  32. Violation of these provisions will be sanctioned pursuant to article 4 of decree-law #19 of 25 March 2020. As per article 13 of law 689/91 law enforcement agencies are responsible for the sanctioning. The fines must be paid to: IBAN code IT 41 V02008 02017 000100537110 “Violation of COVID-19 regional ordinance.”
  33. The presidency of the Council of Ministers will receive communication of this ordinance.

  34. The Directorate of Civil Protection is tasked to execute this ordinance.

  35. This ordinance does not generate expenditures for the region.

  36. This ordinance is published in the Region’s official board.

Signed by Luca Zaia

4 May 2020

Annex 1

Measures for retail stores
Maintain interpersonal distance at all times.
Clean and disinfect the area at least twice a day.
Ensure natural aeration and air exchange.
Provide hand sanitizers, especially close to the cash registers, touch screens, ATM/credit card payment systems and keyboards.
Wear a mask when indoors, when at work and when social distancing is not possible.
Use disposable gloves, especially when handling food and beverages.
The flow of people/customers must be regulated as follows:

- Extend opening hours

- For areas smaller than 40 sqm, allow maximum one customer and two operators

- For bigger areas, there must be one point of entry and one point of exit if possible, and access must be regulated according to the size

Attach notice signs that remind people to respect the interpersonal distance.

Italian Government Decree, April 26, 2020

Italian Decree Summary 26 April 2020

Movement

It will be possible to move from one municipality to another but the ban on travel between different regions of Italy continues, except for proven work matters, health reasons and extraordinary circumstances.

Self-declaration form

Self-declaration form will still be needed. Movement within the region is allowed for work, necessity, return to domicile, visit to close relatives, health reasons.

Outdoor exercise

It will be possible to exercise outdoors at any distance from home as long as social distancing of at least one meter is respected.

Parks

People will be allowed to go public parks as long as there’s compliance with safety distances and requirements. Mayors can close areas where there are gatherings of people.

Takeaway from restaurants and bars, etc.

Takeaway is allowed. People must go in one at a time and the food has to be consumed at home.

Forms of gathering

Still not allowed.

Activities/Businesses

Activities are allowed to reopen under the assumption of compliance with the security protocols (there is a list of ATECO codes and a protocol similar to the one undersigned on March 14.) Smart working is still highly encouraged.

Masks

Use of masks is mandatory indoors, where maintaining social distancing at all time is not possible. Face masks or other cloths or scarves must be worn over the nose and mouth and may also be made of fabric.

Anyone with a temperature must stay at home by law

Everyone with a fever of 99 degrees or more must stay at home, it is now a legal obligation.

Travel into Italy

Anyone entering Italy must undergo a 14-isolation at home.

Public transport

Buses, metro services and other public transport in Italy will have a maximum number of passengers set during peak traffic times to respect the distance of one meter between people. There is a dedicated protocol for public transport.

Funerals

Funerals are allowed and can have up to 15 people attending, but they can only be close relatives and all of them must wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Schools

Italian schools will not reopen until September.

Shops and cultural sites to open on May 18th

On May 18, the reopening of all shops as well as exhibitions, museums and cultural sites will be allowed if May 4th’s loosening of restrictions prove successful.

Italian bars, restaurants and hairdressers may open on June 1st

The lockdown will continue for bars, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers and beauticians until at least June 1st.

What will come next?

An update is expected in mid-May.

Health Command/Clinic

  • Procedures

    Procedures

  • Primary Care

    Primary Care

  • Drive-through pharmacy

    Drive-through pharmacy

  • Behavorial Health

    Behavorial Health

  • Dental Clinic

    Dental Clinic

  • Army Wellness

    Army Wellness

  • EFMP

    EFMP

COVID-19 Hotline

The U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza has a COVID-19 hotline nested within the clinic's Call Center Appointment Line at DSN: 314-636-9000 (on post) or +39-0444-61-9000 (off post).

If, within the last 14 days, you have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19; OR traveled to an area that has had sustained community transmission; press 7.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as a cough, the chills, or congestion and have questions about what to do, please press #1 to access the 24-hour nurse advice line.

Vicenza Army Health Clinic

Check their website for the most up-to-date information.

San Bortolo OB/GYN Clinic Location

The San Bortolo Hospital's OB/GYN Clinic changed locations in an effort to better protect pregnant women from the Coronavirus during this time. The original location of the OB/GYN clinic is next to the infecious disease department and the original OB/GYN clinic location will now house potential Coronavirus patients. 

Landstuhl Medical Shuttle - Services Cancelled

The Medical Shuttle going to and from Landstuhl, Germany has been cancelled until further notice.

Guidance for patients:

  • Cancel any appointments scheduled at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • Discuss other treatment options with Referring Provider
  • If mission-essential travel is needed for a medical issue, coordinate with unit for alternate means of travel

For additional information, contact the Patient Movement office at +39 0444-61-9053.

Coronavirus Information

Novel Coronavirus Facts:

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.

  • Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
  • No vaccine or treatment but current mortality rate is low
  • Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days

Preventive Measure Tips/Guidelines:

There are simple everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

• Avoid seasonal influenza by getting your annual influenza shot from your healthcare provider.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Stay home while you are sick.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Travel Restrictions

Travel Restriction Information

U.S. Army Europe Travel Restrictions

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation  

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories 

CDC Travel Notices - Covid-19 in Europe

Please visit the FAQs tab for further information.

Human Resources - Leave Policies

Military

Left to individual commands. Commanders can grant pass, but must include Saturday and Sunday.

GS/NAF Employees

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions

Host Nation Employees

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions

CPAC FAQs

Can employees telework?

US: Yes, if employee is eligible for telework. Supervisors should ensure eligible employees are telework ready. If the installation or a facility is closed, employees who are telework eligible are required to telework.

HN: The Joint Civilian Personnel Commission (JCPC) has determined that “Smart Working” will be authorized during the COVID‐19 crisis NTE 31 July 2020. Employees are NOT authorized to smart work until confirmation from the CPAC that the employee has be properly registered with the host nation authorities as smart work eligible.

Implementing guidance:

‐ Determine if the position and incumbent are suited for Smart Work.

‐ Determine if the employee has a suitable work space, as well as internet access at home.

‐ Employees must be provided with Government Furnished Equipment (GFE)/computers with VPN access, as applicable. Is this available?

‐ Training requirements (supervisors must maintain training certificates):

Supervisor must complete "Telework Fundamentals ‐ Manager Training" at telework.gov

Employee must complete "Telework Fundamentals ‐ Employee Training" at telework.gov

Employee must complete GOV Portable Electronic Devices (PED) Training at https://iatraining.us.army.mil

‐ Employees and Supervisors will complete the Safety and Health Notification and Smart Work

Agreement (Official Italian Version) and return to the CPAC. NOTE: there are separate Safety and Health Notifications for each location – one for Vicenza employees and one for Darby employees.

‐ CPAC will register the employee with the host nation authority. Smart work may only be allowed once confirmation has been received from the CPAC that the employee has been properly registered.

For questions contact:

DSN 314

Hours of Smart Work will be annotated on the time card. Do not change the hours at work in the column “REG”, add the code “SMW” for the smart work hours worked.


The USAG Italy has closed a facility ‐ do the employees working at that facility report for duty?

US: Yes, if there is work for the employee to perform. If no work is available, employee may be granted weather/safety administrative leave until the facility reopens or the supervisor has work for the employee. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor to determine their status.

Weather/safety admin leave is entered in ATAAPS as “LN” with the additional “PS” code under NtDiff/Haz/Oth.

HN: Yes, if there is work for the employee to perform. If no work is available, employees may be granted excused absence until the facility reopens or the supervisor has work for the employee. The excused absence may exceed the 3 consecutive days as outlined in COE Article 22 paragraph 7 based on the Garrison Commander's decision to curtail services. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor to determine their status.

Excused absence is annotated as admin leave and entered on the time card as code “049.”

these employees, prior to authoring further paid administrative leave as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

Employee resides in an area where the local government has restricted travel. Employee is unable to leave residence to report for duty. What is his/her status?

US: Employee may be granted Weather/Safety Administrative Leave until restriction is lifted.

Weather/safety admin leave is entered in ATAAPS as “LN” with the additional “PS” code under NtDiff/Haz/Oth.

HN: Employee may be excused from work without charge to leave or loss of pay until restriction is lifted.

Excused absence is annotated as admin leave and entered on the time card as code “049.”

Employee is asymptomatic, and is requesting leave due to fear of contracting virus. What leave is authorized?

US: Liberal leave has been authorized keeping in consideration operational requirements.


Neither sick leave nor weather/safety administrative leave are authorized in this situation. Employee may take any appropriate leave (i.e. annual leave, comp‐time earned, travel comp‐ time, etc.) or request other work place flexibilities such as alternate work schedule or telework, if eligible.

HN: Liberal leave has been authorized keeping in consideration operational requirements. Employee may request annual leave. Excused absence is not authorized in this situation.

Due to the closure of the schools and CYS/CDC, I do not have childcare. Am I entitled to admin leave?

US: No, an employee is not entitled to admin leave in this situation. Liberal leave has been authorized and supervisors should use all work place flexibilities such as alternate work schedules, flex time, telework to assist employees where possible during this time.

The Senior Responsible Official authorized excused absence 27‐28 Feb 2020 for employees in this situation. Going forward, supervisors are directed to work on an individual basis with employees who face lack of childcare to fully explore all feasible work alternatives, including telework, compensatory time, and the range of alternate work schedules available. As a last resort, administrative leave may be authorized for brief periods (e.g. few hours).

Excused absence is entered in ATAAPS as “LV”.

Awards are not authorized to compensate employees who have been impacted by CYS/CDC and school closures.

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) dated March 18, 2020 provides up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave (from 1 April 2020 – 31 December 2020) to all Federal civilian employees in specified circumstances related to COVID‐19. This new temporary leave category is in addition to any other paid leave entitlements. An employee qualifies for emergency paid sick leave if the employee is unable to work (or unable to telework) because the employee:

is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;

has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;

is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;

is caring for an individual subject to a quarantine or isolation order or self-quarantine; or

is caring for a child under (18 years of age) whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19.

If the leave is for self‐care, it will be paid at 100% of the normal pay up to $511 daily and $5,110 total.If the leave is for family‐care, including care due to lack of child care, it will be paid at 66% of their normal pay up to $200 daily and $2,000 total.

ATAAPS coding (once ATAAPS and DCPS can accept the new codes): LV (excused absence) and one of the following purpose/reason codes:

DX, emergency paid sick leave paid at an employee’s full rate of pay (self‐care) OR DY, emergency paid sick leave paid at two‐thirds an employee’s rate of pay (family care)

Until ATAAPS and DCPS can accept the new ‘D’ purpose/reason codes, use the ‘LV’ Leave Code alone.

Once ATAAPS and DCPS can accept the reason codes, individuals must make a timecard correction(s) by adding the correct ‘D’ Reason Code to the ‘LV’ Code (LV/DX or LV/DY).

NOTE: T&A corrections from LV to LV/DY will result in a debt (LV pays at full rate; DY pays at 2/3 rate). Please make sure employees understand this.


HN: No, an employee is not entitledto an excused absence in this situation. Supervisors should allow for liberalleave, use of permessi and/or LWOP in accordance with the COE.

Awards are not authorized tocompensate employees who have been impacted by CYS/CDC and school closures.

The most recent Italian Decree implements a country wide restriction of movement. Do I report to work? If not, what is my status?

US. Based on mission requirements, supervisors will determine which employees must report to the worksite and which employees are not required to report. If the supervisor has determined that a telework eligible employee is not needed to report to the worksite, the employee will be required to telework. If the supervisor has determined that a non‐eligible telework employee is not required to report to the worksite, the employee will be placed on weather/safety admin leave.

Telework is entered in ATAAPS as “RG” with an additional telework code under NtDiff/Haz/Oth. Select the appropriate telework code: “TW” (telework regular/recurring) or "TS” (telework situation)

Weather/safety admin leave is entered in ATAAPS as “LN” with the additional “PS” code under NtDiff/Haz/Oth.

HN: Based on mission requirements, supervisors will determine which employees must report to the worksite and which employees will not report. If the supervisor has determined that a smart work eligible employee is not needed to report to the worksite, the employee will be required to smart work (see A1/HN for smart work eligibility). If the supervisor has determined that a non‐eligible smart work employee is not needed to report to the worksite, the otherwise eligible employee will be on excused absence. When related to the COVID‐19 response, the excused absence may exceed the 3 consecutive days as outlined in COE Article 22 paragraph 7.

The smart work time will be coded as regular work hours. Do not change the hours at work in the column “REG”, add the code “SMW” for the smart work hours worked.

The excused absence is annotated as admin leave and entered on the time card as code “049.”

If an employee is “call backed” while on admin leave/excused absence, is the employee entitled to special compensation?

US: No, if the employee is“called back” during normal duty hours, the employee is not entitled to anyspecial compensation.

HN: No, if the employee is“called back” during normal duty hours, the employee is not entitled to on‐callduty allowance. The on‐call allowance is only authorized in accordance with COEArticle 49.

The Italian Mensa on Caserma Ederle and Camp Darby are closed until further notice. Will employees in Vicenza and Livorno be entitled to a lunch allowance?

US: N/A

HN: Eligible employees will be compensated. The details are being finalized ‐ further information will be provided at a later date.

Employees will be entitled to a daily meal subsidy (3.38 euro net) for each day of presence at work, for the entire day, starting 13 March 2020 (for Vicenza) and 17 March 2020 (for Livorno), as per COE Article 46, with the exception of those employees already receiving a lunch allowance. Use code 190=1 for each day of physical presence at the work site starting 13 March 2020 (Vicenza) or 17 March 2020 (Livorno).

Employees on admin leave due to excused absence and employees who are smart working are not entitled to the daily meal subsidy while in that status.

If you have any questions, please contact the payroll office at DSN 646‐6373.

For April all LNs will receive the monthly lunch allowance as part of their salary since we are anticipating that the mensa will be closed for the entire month.

There will be no change to the lunch allowance received for March since it was a partial month and a daily meal subsidy was paid. Employees who reported to the worksite received the daily meal subsidy while employees on admin leave and smart work were not entitled to the daily meal subsidy.

The situation will be reevaluated for May taking into consideration any new information about possible openings.

What is a mission essential position?

Mission essential positions arethose that are needed to ensure the continued operation of mission essentialfunctions of an organization. Mission Essential functions are existingfunctions that enable the organization to continue to provide the necessary,vital services during times of need and require great commitment of thecivilian employee. Employees occupying positions that are essential toorganization operations are identified and designated by activity Commanders,Directors, and Supervisors. Among these should also be employees that haveunique or technical skills that are required by organizations for extendedoperations. There are no standard definitions or categories in regard toessential determinations; instead, they are based on the organization's uniquemission requirements and/or circumstances and may even vary according to theparticular nature of an emergency.

If an asymptomatic employee is in a population that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the Cura Italian Decree has identified as being at a higher risk for serious complications from COVID‐19 or “fragile employee”, what options are available to the

US: All telework eligibleemployees should be placed on telework. Alternate and compressed work scheduleflexibilities should be broadly extended to all telework eligible employees. Ifthe employee is not eligible for telework, supervisors may grant Weather/SafetyAdministrative leave.

HN: All smart work eligibleemployees should be placed on smart work.

If the employee is not eligiblefor smart work, and falls in the category of the so called "fragileemployees", as indicated by the Cura Italia decree, the employee shouldcontact their doctor to have a medical certificate issued and then the employeewould be authorized sick leave.

Work Force Forms

USAG Italy Time and Attendance Policy

Alternative Work Schedule

Telework Request

DoDEA

Learn more about DoDEA at their respective websites:

Vicenza Elementary School

Vicenza Middle School

Vicenza High School

Impacted Services

CLOSED SERVICES

5:01 Bar
American Red Cross
Anthony’s Pizza
The Arena
Arts and crafts
Barber Shop (all)
Bowling center
Burger King
Central Issue Facility
Citation Office
CYS/CDC
Digital Training Facility
Indoor Fitness Centers
IDT Motorcycle Courses until May
Installation Material Maintenance Activity
Outdoor Recreation
Libraries (online services available)
LRMC Shuttle Bus
Popeye’s
Post Theater
Soldier’s Theater
USO
Vendors (inside PX)
Veterinary Clinic: Closed, only open for prescription refills. Vet clinic has a list of local vets. 
Shuttle - Caserma Ederle/Del Din Mass Transit (Running Thursday only)
VMC Community Shuttle (Caserma Ederle/Villaggio)
Warrior Zone
 

 

REDUCED SERVICES

Army Community Service (Updated April 17)

Closed.  Service providers available by telephone.

Lending Closet open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1000-1400, by appointment.  For an appointment please call +39 349-697-8743.

Family Advocacy Program Hotline: 335-805-7867

SHARP Hotline: 0444-71-8540

Military and Family Life Counseling: 333-489-8967; 347-229-3781; 345-077-0476

Army Emergency Relief (Updated April 2)

Assistance is available on an appointment basis.  EMAIL or call: +39 349 697 8743

Car Care Center (Auto Parts) (Updated April 27)

Open for appointments for oil changes and tire service.

Auto Skills Center only open on Thursday from 11:00-3:00 p.m. for emergency services

Central Processing Facility (CPF) (Updated May 6)

Open for in-processing/out-processing; ID cards; IACS registration; soggiorno pick-up and paperwork drop-off. Appointments are required for DEERS/ID cards.

 

To schedule an appointment please complete the following steps:

  1. https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco 
  2. Click the “continue” button on Site Locator and Appointments (on the far right)
  3. Type in Vicenza or Pisa on the “Show Location Near” and click Search
  4. To the right next to the map click “More Info;” under the populated site
  5. On the bottom left click “Schedule an Appointment”
  6. Click on the month you want to make an appointment
  7. Click on the day you want the appointment and scroll down and click on “Book Appointment” on the time and date you want
  8. Complete all questions and save.
  9. You will then receive a confirmation email.

*Same day appointments are available for emergencies only. Please call the following phone numbers to check if we have availability: Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early

Vicenza: Monday-Friday, 0800-1200, Phone numbers DSN 646-5135/5136/5132/5147, COMM 0444-71-5135/5136/5132/5147

Camp Darby: Wednesday 0900-1300, Phone number DSN 633-8334, COMM 054-54-8334

Permesso di soggiorno that expired on or before Apr. 15, have been extended until June 15.

CFMO (Furnishings and Appliances) (Updated May 11)

Emergency repairs and replacements only for refrigerators, washers and stove/ovens.  Dryers are being repaired and replaced. Dishwashers are not considered emergency items. For assistance call  DSN 646- 2564 or Civ: 0444712564  or EMAIL.

Clinic

Primary Care

Please refer to Health Command/Clinic tab.

Drive Thru Pharmacy

M-F 0800-1200, 1300-1630

Tricare insurance users can order their pharmacy refills through www.tricareonline.com or by calling 0444-61-9133 then selecting option 1 in the menu for Landstuhl footprint, then option 3 for Vicenza pharmacy, then option 1 to refill.

Department of Behavioral Health

Continue to see Soldiers and their dependents with acute psychological issues face to face on a case by case basis. Ongoing psychological support is being managed by USAHC-V providers through virtual and tele-health appointments.

Dental Clinic

Temporarily suspending all routinge dental appointments. Routine, or elective, appointments are those that do not require immediate or urgent care and can be postponed until risk of transmission of COVID-19 is lower. Elective care includes: routine cleanings, fillings, or restorative work, including pediatric and orthodontic care.

Commissary (Updated May 19)

Resumed pre-COVID hours in VICENZA and CAMP DARBY.

Credit Unions (Updated April 7)

BNL:  Monday and Thursdays, 0830-1320
Community Bank: Monday-Friday, 0900-1200; Appointments encouraged. Call ahead to scheudle an appointment during business hours. Caserma Ederle 0444-25241; DSN 646-4865. Caserma Del Din 0444-925981; DSN 646-4731
Global Credit Union: Monday-Friday, 0900-1300

Dining Facility (Temporary) Bldg 300 Caserma Ederle

Breakfast     0730-0900
Lunch           1130-1300
Dinner          1700-1830

Open to all personnel including federal employees, host nation workers and Carabinieri

Payment in U.S. dollars only

Driver's Orientation and Testing (Updated April 1)

Drivers Orientation: Tuesdays 1330-1530

Drivers Testing: Thursdays 0830-1200

BY RESERVATION ONLY (Limit 10 Students) Cal:: 0444-71-2431/2/3Reservation Request Email

For renewal of expiring Allied Forces Italy license, EMAIL scanned copy of valid U.S. drivers license (front and back) and overseas tour extension (OTEX) or ERB/ORB with new DEROS or memborandum verifying extended overseas tour due to "Stop Move".

Exchange (Updated April 30)

Caserma Ederle

Main Store                         0900-1800. Closed Sundays
Shoppette                          0600-1900 Daily
Military Clothing                 1000-1500 Saturday      
Taco Bell                            1030-1800 Mon-Sat; 1100-1800 Sun.
Subway                              1000-1800 Daily
Charley’s                            1030-1800 Mon-Sat; 1100-1800 Sun.
Popeyes, Burger King and Anthony’s Pizza: closed until further notice.

Del Din

Shoppette                          0900-2000 Daily
Subway                             1100-1900 Daily

 

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(Updated May 21) AAFES hours of operations will return to normal at the below effective dates.
 
Ederle Main PX (Effective 23 May)
Mon-Sat: 0900-2000
Sun: 1000-1800
 
Ederle Express (Effective 26 May)
Mon-Fri: 0700-2100
Sat: 0800-2100
Sun: 0900-2100
Alterations (Effective 26 May)
Mon-Fri: 1000-1700
Sat: 1000-1300
Sun: Closed
 
Military Clothing (Effective 26 May)
Mon-Fri: 0930-1800
Sat: 1000-1500
Sun: Closed
Car Care Center (Effective 26 May)
Mon-Frid: 0830-1800
Sat/Sun: Closed
Del Din Express (Effective 26 May)
Mon-Thurs: 0700-2000
Fri: 0700-2200
Sat: 1000-2200
Sun: 1000-1700
Del Din Subway (Effective 26 May)
Mon–Fri: 0800-1900
Sat/Sun: 1100-1700

 

Outdoor Gym (Modified May 20)

Workout sessions will begin on the hour and spots are first come, first served. Participants cannot show up at any given time to start a full workout session.
 
Hours
Monday - Friday
0600-0830 Open for 30 minute workout sessions
0830-0900 Closed for deep cleaning
0900-2000 Open for 50 minute workout sessions*
*Closed last 10 minutes of each hour for cleaning
Saturday
0800-1400 Open for 50 minute workout sessions*
*Closed last 10 minutes of each hour for cleaning
Sunday
Closed
 
Outdoor Gym Rules
  • All patrons must (1) sign in and (2) present their ID card
  • Patrons must be 18-years-old or older; no children allowed inside or waiting outside fencing
  • 25 patrons allowed in area at a time
  • Physical distancing of 2 meters applies inside and while waiting to get in
  • Patrons must wash and/or sanitize hands before entering; gloves are optional
  • Masks required while waiting to get in but not while working out
  • Machines must be wiped down by patrons before and after use
  • Outdoor gym will close during inclement weather

Housing (Updated April 15)

Housing services are focused on one-on-one appointments with families with an exception to policy (ETP) PCS decision.  All other services are suspended until further notice.  ETP PCS questions can be answered via EMAIL or by calling DSN: 646-2722 or Civ: 0444-712722

Legal Assistance (Updated April 13)

Appointments only basis.  For all appointments, send an email describing the service you are requesting.  Please include your name and phone number.  Legal assistance will contact you within two business days to set up an appointment, as appropriate.  Appointments requiring a consultation with an attorney will be conducted telephonically or through email. Exceptions will be on a case-by-case basis for urgent or emergency-type situations. Any patrons entering the office must wear a mask and must bring their own pens to sign any documents.

Military Family and Life Counseling (Updated April 2)

CYB/DoDEA MFLCs are providing non-medical counseling services to adults, children and youth through telephonic and video methods.  MFLCS can be contacted at the following numbers to schedule an appointment:

+39 349 743 7351; +39 348 900 5664; +39 348 051 5248; +39 349 743 7340; +39 349 279 2910

Pass and Badge (Updated April 7)

Open Mon-Fri, 1300-1500

Passport Office (Updated April 15)

Only emergency passports will be processed, to include CRBA/passport for a new child when SM is PCS'ing within the next 90 days or emergency leave travel. For those who meet the emergency status, they should call 0444-71-4787 for assistance between 0800-1700.

Reduced Hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1130

Post Office (Updated April 30)

Full range of services at the following hours:

Ederle Post Office:     M-T-W-Fri - 1030-1630; Thursday - 1330-1630

Del Din Post Office:    M-W-Fri - 1130-1630; Tues and Thursday - 1400-1630

No change to Darby post office hours.

SFL-TAP (Updated April 16)

Soldiers can still receive transition services though they are being done via teleworking, and a Virtual Center is still up and running. Online and phone services available M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Soldiers can also use JKO to complete certain requirements.  For questions please call: CIV: 0444-71-4839 DSN: 314-646-4839.

Shuttle

The Mass Transit Bus will only make two runs on Thursday only. 

For more information, refer here.

Tax Relief Office (Updated May 26)

Tu, Wed, Th: 1000-1600

Current services will only include 1) Utility Payments and 2) In and Out Processing. (In/out processing require an appointment, utility payments do not.) Tax relief purchases will resume once the office is permitted to resume normal hours and procedures.

For additional questions and to make an appointment, contact the Ederle Tax Relief Office at 0444-71-5104.

TMP (Updated March 27)

TMP is open for remote service only.

To redispatch your vehicle EMAIL copy of previous dispatch, TMP license, copy of preventative maintenance checks

To submit emergency TMP request, complete VEHICLE REQUEST FORM and EMAIL it. 

Vehicle Inspection (Updated May 14)

Tuesday, 0800-1200 in Caserme Ederle, Bldg. 204
By appointment only, please contact DSN 646-2378, COMM: +39 0444-71-2378.

Vehicle Registration (Updated April 17)

Owners of vehicles whose registration expired before Apr. 30, will be notified by email.  Pending validation of current ID, current insurance and current driver's license, registration will be extended to June 11.  Patrons with registrations expiring in May will be contacted by email for renewal guidance. Vehicle registration phone number: (+39) 0444-617820.

Vet Clinic (Updated March 20)

Appointments only, no walk-ins.  For appointments: 0444-61-9160 Tue-Wed-Fri, 0900-1200.

Prescription pick up with appointment slots only. Mon. 0900-1200.

Villaggio You Do It Center (Updated April 6)

Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4.pm.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Keep social distancing
Knock on door and tell the clerk what you need
Clerk will gather the items and place them to the left side for customer can pick-up.

WIC (Updated April 6)

WIC offices available Monday-Friday for telephone appointments only, DSN: 314-646-5670, COMM: 0444-71-5670 or EMAIL.

 

PCS - Stop Move

Situation (Updated April 20)

Secretary Esper approved an extensionExternal Link Snippetto the stop move order through June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. While the Department acknowledges that this order will have great impact on our service members and their families who are looking to proceed with their lives, the rapidly changing environment has created significant risks to service members, as the DOD continues personnel movements and travel. The decision was made in order to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force. The Department now has procedures in place to allow for additional waivers and the resumption of travel for several categories of travelers that were previously suspended, including deployments.

Soldiers, DACs, and their family members assigned to a Geographic Combatant Command that have signed out of the installation location will not continue PCS movement without approved ETP from the respective Geographic Combatant Command.

Soldiers enroute who would suffer hardship based on continued movement may request a deferment of assignment through their losing unit/Military Personnel Det. If approved, these soldiers will return to their losing unit.

The Geographic Combatant Commanders have been delegated the authority (further delegated to Army Service Component Commands) for travel exceptions for Department of the Army personnel and Family members assigned to the combatant command.

Visit the USAREUR PCS FAQs.

For latest updates, visit the U.S. Army Human Resources Command Facebook page

FAQs

Work/Leave

FAQs for U.S workers

FAQs for Italian workers

Leave: Leave approvalis decided at the command level. However, where you are able to go is dependenton other factors: national requirements, host nation decrees, etc. Leisuretravel will be permitted again, but everyone is encouraged to be very flexible.Host nation and national decrees will determine timing and border access. Thereis currently a nationwide travel ban in place for tourism in Italy and thereare similar travel bans in other countries across Europe.

San Bortolo Hospital/Health

1. Why did the San Bortolo Hospital OB/GYN clinic location change?

The San Bortolo Hospital's OB/GYN Clinic changed locations in an effort to better protect pregnant women from the Coronavirus during this time. The original location of the OB/GYN clinic is next to the infecious disease department and the original OB/GYN clinic location will now house potential Coronavirus patients.

2. Have there been any changes to the 6th floor delivery?

No, there are no changes to San Bortolo's 6th floor delivery. All operations are running as normal.

3. I do not have Tricare. Can I still call the COVID-19 hotline?

Yes. Call the COVID-19 hotline at 0444-61-9000 and press option #7. You will be directed to Army Public Health Nursing (APHN) who will provide you guidance. If you do not meet COVID criteria, you will be directed to contact your provider.

Expectingfamilies: There is a new initiativebetween the ACS New Parent Support Group and the Health Clinic to helpexpecting families with questions and concerns. Please contact ACS or theclinic to for questions.

Gym Closure

Why is the gym closed?

Individuals also have responsibility to safeguard themselves from being infected. This includes avoiding crowds and frequent washing of hands. The decisions on post were made to safeguard the community and the leadership said our rules may be more stringent, not LESS stringent.

Travel Restrictions

1. Can I travel?

A. Our host nation and the Department of Defense have placed strict restrictions on travel. Please consult with your chain of command (Military/federal workers) and FRGs (military spouses and families) for the most up to date guidance.

Additional frequently asked questions regarding travel can be found:

U.S. Army Europe COVID Information Travel Restrictions

2. Who is the waiver authority for travel exceptions?

A. Approval authority for these exceptions belongs to the combatant commander for those assigned to combatant commands. The Chairman may approve exceptions for the Joint Staff. The Secretary of the Military Department concerned and the Chief Management Officer, in the case of Defense Field Activities and Field Agencies, retain the authority for all other individuals. They may delegate the authority to no lower than the first general officer, flag officer, or member of the Senior Executive Service in the traveler’s chain of command or supervision.

3. Do the DOD travel restrictions apply to civilians? Can wetravel to the U.S.?

A. There are a few guidelines to consider. Under the currentDOD travel restrictions, service members may not take personal leaveoutside of the local area through June 30. DOD civilians and familymembers may do so; however, Army-affiliated DOD civilians and family membersin this area are subject to the travel restriction of GO#2 until the GO#2is modified or lifted. Additionally, travelers must keep in mind theadded precautions in the U.S. (i.e. flying into certain airports, 14-dayself-quarantine upon arrival, etc.). We encourage everyone to follow the localauthorities and

CDC guidance, which may advise limitations on travel.Please contact your chain of command and/or your supervisor before planningany leisure travel for additional guidance.

Quarantine/Self-Isolation

1. Who does the self-isolation apply to?

The self-isolation directive applies to military and civilian members of the work-force who spent time in areas of high risk. For USAG Italy, members will be required to self-isolate at their residence, out of an abundance of caution, the family members should also self-isolate and remain in their residence. For service members,DoD civilians and their families, USAG Italy will provide lodging.

2. How long does self-isolation last?

The self-isolation is for a 14-day period beginning from the date an individual returns from any of the defined areas. This 14-day self-isolation duration covers the potential incubation period of COVID-19.

3. Do I have to comply with the self-isolation directive?

The self-isolation is mandatory for U.S. service members regardless if they reside on or off military installations and is highly encouraged for family members, DoD civilians, contractors, and Host Nation employees to follow as well in the interest of public health. These measures are being done as a precautionary safety measure to protect the USAG Italy community.

4. If a family member, DoD civilian, contractor or HN employee abides by the self-isolation and remains at their residence and misses work, will he or she be entitled to any financial compensation?

A. The 14 days will not count towards service member or civilian leave. Financial compensation will be determined on a case-by-case basis, working closely with the individual’s chain of command.

5. Who is responsible for care, transportation and security of the personnel in self-isolation?

A.Support is a whole-of-garrison effort beginning with the individual’s chain of command.We recognize the difficulty this situation creates and USAG Italy wants to lessen that challenge as best we can.

6. While an individual is in self-isolation, will they be able to leave the isolation location?

A. U.S. service members are restricted from leaving their residence or barracks during the 14-day self-isolation.Family members, DoD civilians, contractors, and Host Nation employees can leave there residence, but are highly encouraged to comply with the self-isolation directive.

7. How will they get food, groceries, and other life necessities?

A. This is a whole-of-garrison approach beginning with the individual’s chain of command. USAG Italy has a plan in place.

Passport Office

Q: Is the passport office open?

A: The passport office is only open for emergency cases.

Q: What is considered an emergency case?

A: An emergency case is when personnel are PCS’ing within the next 45-60 days or for individuals who are on emergency leave travel. Tourist passport applications (except for logistically supported contractors overseas), Social Security Applications and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) are not considered emergency cases.

Q: How can I contact the passport office for emergency cases?

A: Please call 0444-71-4787. This is only for emergency cases. Normal passport processing is not currently occurring.

Q: When will the Passport Office resume normal business?

A: The answer is not known at this time due to no official guidance from the State Department that they will resume normal processing.

Q: What happens if my passport is about to expire?

A: All U.S. citizens must have at least one valid passport while overseas. A valid passport must have 6 months left before expiration.

Official - If your official passport is expiring and you do not have a tourist passport, please contact our office for further guidance.

Tourist - Tourist passport applications are not considered emergency cases (except for logistically supported contractors overseas). While awaiting for the passport office to re-open please visit the USAG Italy, PCS guide under passports & visas for the checklist of requirements.

https://home.army.mil/italy/index.php/my-garrison-...

Q: I just had a baby and need to get a CRBA, what do I need to do to complete this?

A: Currently the State Department is not processing CRBAs. It is not known when this service will resume. If you are PCS’ing in the next 45-60 days, please contact the Passport Office for emergency information.

THIS IS ONLY FOR VISITING FAMILY WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO RETURN HOME.

A: Community Members should contact the Milan Consulate (Veneto area), Florence Consulate (Darby area), or Rome Embassy for guidance as the local Passport Office does not have anything official yet from the Department of State. The Rome Embassy also recommends that family members contact the

local immigration authorities via email atimmigrazione.vi@poliziadistato.it

U.S. Embassy RomeU.S. Consulate General MilanU.S. Consulate General Florence

via Vittorio Veneto 121via Principe Amedeo, 2/10Lungarno Vespucci, 38

00187 Roma20121 MILANO50123 Firenze

Phone: (+39) 06.46741Phone: (+39) 02.290351Phone: (+39) 055.266.951

Q: I need to process my Social Security Number for myself or my newborn.

A: While waiting for the office to re-open, please complete the SS-5 application (link below). Please note the federal tax date has been extended to July 15, 2020. https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ss-5fs.pdf

Q: I recently got married to a non U.S. citizen and am PCS’ing back to the states soon. What documentation does my spouse need?

A: Please contact USCIS for up to date information and application status via wasoverseasmilnatz@uscis.dhs.gov or militaryinfo@uscis.dhs.gov. Additionally please visit the USCIS website for more information and links to forms via https://www.uscis.gov/greencard.

Q: I am traveling back to the USA, will I be quarantined once I arrive?

A: For all questions on travel requirements please visit state department website or Foreign Clearance Guide for official travel. You can also enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/travela...

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/travela...

https://step.state.gov/

Q: I am a soldier PCS’ing to Italy this summer and my family members must get a No-Fee Passport and Visa. They cannot complete this process at our current station, but do have tourist passports. Can they travel on those and apply for passports/visa upon arrival?

Q. I am currently on orders to an OCONUS location within the next 120 days and understand there is a backlog on processing of passports. What should I do? (Added 26MAY)

A. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Department of State’s ability to process passport applications is severely limited. The Department of Defense is actively engaged with the Department of State to provide assistance to Soldiers and Family members scheduled to PCS to an OCONUS location. Soldiers, DACs, and command-sponsored dependents on PCS orders to OCONUS locations who require a no-fee passport will submit their passport applications to a local passport acceptance facility no earlier than 60 days and no later than 45 days from OCONUS departure date. If visa is required, the passport application will be submitted no earlier than 80 days and no later than 65 days prior to departure date.

If there are extenuating circumstances that require expedited processing of a passport application, Soldiers should submit memo (HQDA EXORD 144-20, FRAGO 27, Annex CCCC) through chain of command for ACOM/ASCC/DRU/HQDA Principal approval.

Soldiers that have already submitted a passport application with an approved ETP do not need to submit an expedite memo identified in Annex CCC, as DoS is currently focused on processing the current backlog of passports already submitted. Soldiers on assignment to an OCONUS location should contact their gaining command to verify passport and/or visa requirements. Failure to do so may result in command-sponsored dependents traveling separate from their sponsor.

Q. What if my family members' passports or visas will not be ready in time to travel? (Added 26MAY)

A. Soldiers may request deferred family member travel through the Military Personnel Division (MPD) when insufficient time remains for processing passport or visa applications. Insufficient time is defined as that period when the sponsor has less than 30 days remaining between the date of receipt of orders and availability date or reporting date. The overseas commander will be advised of this approval. Exceptions should be coordinated with the gaining ACOM, ASCC, or DRU. Soldiers authorized deferred travel for Family members are not entitled to move the Family to a designated place. Any travel of Family members while in the deferred-travel status is at personal expense. (AR 55-46, para 1-7a(8))

Alternatively, Soldiers may request an assignment deferment from HRC based on financial or medical hardship if concurrent travel is deferred. This request is initiated via DA Form 4187 through the Soldier's S1. If the commander recommends approval then the MPD will forward to HRC for final approval (AR 600-8-11, para 2-13).

Q. Will I be entitled to Family Separation Allowance if my family member travel is deferred because of passport processing times? (Added 26MAY)

A. When concurrent travel is authorized for family members, but is delayed for more than 30 days and the delay is caused by the government, then family separation allowance may be authorized. (DoDFMR, Vol 7a, CH27, Table 27-2, Rule 4)

ID Cards & Soggiornos

Q: Is the CPF open?

A: Yes, the CPF is open Monday-Friday 0800-1200.

Q: My DoD ID card has expired or is expiring soon; what do I do?

Through September 30, 2020, DoD will temporarily allow some cardholders (Retiree, Family Members and pink reserve retiree ID card holders) to use an expired DoD ID card to access bases and benefits.

Uniformed Services ID Cards that expire on/after Jan 1, 2020 may continue to access military bases and benefits. In order to use the expired US ID card, the cardholder must have a current affiliation with DoD and must be eligible for benefits. For example: an ID card issued to a spouse typically expires every four years; however, as long as the spouse remains married to the Service member, the spouse continues to have a current affiliation and is eligible for benefits. As a result, a spouse MAY use the expired DoD ID card to access benefits. However, the Vicenza facilities is open Monday-Friday from 0800-1200 and Camp Darby facility is open on Wednesday from 0900-1300.

An ID card issued to a child of a Service member expires when the child turns 21 years old. Unless attending school as a full-time student, approved as an incapacitated dependent, or enrolled in TRICARE Young Adult, the child’s affiliation ends when the ID card expires and is not eligible for continued benefits. As a result, a child who has turned 21 and is not eligible for continued benefits MAY NOT use the expired DoD ID card to access benefits.

NOTE: A child under 21, or who is eligible for continued benefits, MAY use the expired DoD ID card to access benefits.

USID cards are issued to retirees, family members, and other eligible individuals. If you have questions about whether you have, or are eligible for a USID card, visit the following website:

https://www.cac.mil/Uniformed-Services-ID-Card/

If you have questions about the status of your benefits, please use DoD’s online self-service resources before contacting DoD and Uniformed Services help desks by telephone. You can login to milConnect using the DoD CAC or DS Logon account.

https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect

TRICARE coverage is found within the “Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy” drop-down under “the Benefits” tab.

Q: What about my benefits and entitlements?

A: Your benefits and entitlements will remain active even if the expiration date on the card is in the past. Most benefits include: TRICARE/Medicare, Post Exchange (PX), Commissary and MWR

Q: Can I get through the post/installation gate with an expired ID?

A: YES, all ID cards should be verified electronically prior to being confiscated.

Q: Can I get a new ID card if I recently got married or divorced and changed my name?

A: No. Currently DoD is limiting issuance of ID cards down to a minimum. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over you can go to your nearest ID card site for a card with your new name.

Q: My child is attending college full time and is age 21-23, do they still need to get an ID card issued?

A: Yes. ID card issuance can be accomplished, however contact you’re nearest ID card issuing facility to see about availability and hours of operations. To check the nearest ID card facility, visit the RAPIDS site locator at: http://rsl.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl

Q: What if I have an incapacitated/secondary dependent, can they still get an ID card?

A: Yes. If your dependent is already in the DEERS system, their cards will automatically be extended until September 30, 2020. If you need to do an initial enrollment of an incapacitated dependent or secondary dependent visit the DFAS website at: https://www.dfas.mil/

Q: When can I get my new CAC that is expiring soon?

A: Common Access Cards (CACs) will not be re-issued prior to 30 days of expiration date. This is to minimize foot traffic at installation ID card sites due to social distancing precautions.

Q: I just got promoted, can I get my new CAC issued with the correct rank/grade?

A: No. Re-issuance on all ID cards due to rank or grade changes (CAC or USID), is being suspended until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Q: I need to enroll a new family member, what do I do?

A: Just the sponsor needs to come into the facility with the original birth certificate and social security card (if you have) and we will enroll the child.

Q: Is my local ID card issuing facility open?

A: Yes, the Vicenza facilities is open Monday-Friday from 0800-1200 and the Camp Darby facility is open on Wednesday from 0900-1300.Please go to the following sites to make an appointment:

Camp Darby

Vicenza

Vicenza also takes walk-ins

Q:Do I need to come into the ID card office to get my CAC unblocked/unlocked?

A:Yes, to unlock a CAC you must provide your finger print and put a pin number in.

Please call 0444-71-5135/5136 or DSN 646-5135/5136 for additional questions.

Soggiorno:

Q:We PCS’d here right before the lockdown and I applied for my soggiorno at theend of February and was waiting for my fingerprint appointment, but then thelockdown started and I haven’t heard back since. What are they doing for peoplein my situation?

A: TheItalian government understands the situation. You will need to carry yourno-fee or official passport that has the VISA in it to show you are in Italylegally. Once they open up, we will send you an email to tell you the time andlocation of the finger printing. Please be patient because we have a backlog ofall the people that have arrived since January. Guidance from the localImmigration Office should be received towards the end of May.

Q:I submitted for a renewal of my Soggiorno before COVID 19 and I haven’t heardback.

A: Completed packets for renewalrequests have been dropped off at the Immigration Office. You will be notifiedas soon as your soggiorno is available for pick up.

Q: My spouse receivedan email saying that my soggiorno is ready to be picked up, is the office open?

A: The CPFis open and one of the individuals working at the in and out processing sectionwill issue your soggiorno Monday-Friday from 0800-1200.

Q: My soggiorno isready, but I have concerns coming on the base right now.Can it be mailed to meor do I have to come in?

A:Unfortunately we cannot mail you the Soggiorno.The Italian Government requiresyou to sign the document in our office prior to us issuing it to you and anyone14 and older.We will hold onto the document until this is over and issue it toyou when you are able to come to the installation.

Q: My soggiorno isexpiring, what do I need to do?

A: Due to COVID-19 thesoggiornos that expired or are about to expire have been automatically extendedto August 30th 2020. A community message will be sent out when we reopen theSoggiorno Office.

Q: What should we doif the permit expires in two weeks, or after June 15th?

A: We don’thave an answer for that yet, but if this continues we expect the ItalianGovernment to give another extension date. Once everything is opened we willprocess the applications, schedule the appointments for fingerprinting and takenew applications. We ask everyone to be patient because for this process, wemust work with and rely on our host nation and their processes and procedures.We also know that there is and will be a backlog for some time. We will updateas circumstances change. The new extension date is August 30th 2020.

Out-processing

Q: Are people still able to PCS?

A: Yes, if you are departing Vicenza before 26 May, you must have an exception to policy (ETP) memo signed by the Commanding General.If your departure date is after the 26

Q. Do people with an ETP memo still need to clear the installation?

A: Yes, all installation agencies must be cleared.The SM had 12 working days to clear the installation.However, with the COVID 19 reduced manning, agencies have made adjustments on how they clear SM, Department of the Army Civilians (DACs) and contractors.CPF personnel will provide you with a guide on how to clear during these times.

Q. How do I get an ETP memorandum?

A. Contact your chain of command and your chain of command must submit your name to the ETP board which meets every Tuesday.

Q. Flights are very limited, where do I fly out of?

A. Right now all SATO flights are departing from Milan, to Frankfurt and then to various locations in the United States.Units are responsible for getting departing SMs, DACs and Family Members to the airport.

Future Events

July4th: It’s too early to speculate on the scope of this year’scelebration.

DoDEA

School lunch: No Army, DAcivilian, contractor or host nation family should go hungry. This is theresponsibility of every soldier in the Army. Anyone who is struggling or knowsof someone in need should contact their chain of command. There are resourcesto help. Many can be found at ACS or the FRG. We have to take care of eachother.

CDC/Childcare

Childcare: CDC operations are considered a high risk service. The decision toreopen them in any capacity will be decided by U.S. Army Europe. Dual militarycouples and anyone experiencing child care related concerns should continue towork with their chain of command for support.

Playgrounds: Peoplewill be allowed to go public parks as long as there’s compliance with safetydistances and requirements. However, mayors can close areas where there aregatherings of people. On the garrison website, under the Comuni link, there isa list of local comune websites and associated FB pages. Those who live on theeconomy can check those pages for information on local regulations for parksand playgrounds. The playgrounds on Villaggio and Del Din remain closed.

Host Nation Regulations

Updated as of May 19

Q) Do we still need to carry our declaration forms?

A) A self-declaration form is no longer needed for travel within any Italian Region. However, as an example, if an individual needs to travel to another region for work or medical appointment, they are required to have a self-declaration form indicating proven work/medical requirements.

Q) How many people are allowed into the home if we have friends over. Just one other family? One person? Any number?

A) the Veneto Region Ordinance precludes this, "any gathering among non-cohabitants in private or public places is not allowed.

Documents

Archived Updates

​May 15

This afternoon, we hosted our twelfth consecutive weekly town hall to address community concerns as we respond to the Coronavirus. After today, we will conduct future town halls on an as needed basis.

My remarks are included below as well as MG Cloutier's:

There is an ease of restrictions across Italy and Europe. In addition to changes in host nation decrees, General Order #2 is in place to further guide our actions.

We expect Italy, and the Veneto region, to announce new measures that will go into effect Monday, May 18th. These include further loosening restrictions on movements, including inter-regional travel.

Again, General Order #2 remains in place and is more restrictive than the changes that may come. We have said in previous town halls that the purpose of the General Order is to protect the health and welfare of our Soldiers, families, civilians, Italian professionals, and neighbors.

Beginning today, as we previously announced on Facebook and our website, we are no longer issuing face masks in front of the commissary, AAFES locations, and post office. Per General Order #2, the requirement to carry a mask and gloves remain in effect.

Our approach to go-slow to go-fast is proving to be successful, and we want to continue to be cautious as we prepare to reopen services and activities.

As we laid out in our operational approach over the last few weeks, any resumption of service or activity on the installation will deliberately lag behind the Host Nation by at least 72 hours and potentially up to 14 days.

Therefore, there will be no change to any services or activities on the installation on May 18th, based on any new decree measures that may come over the weekend.

Our Task Force Recovery team continues to work through the recovery plan to resume services and activities throughout our community. Yesterday the team identified 3 services and activities that are ready to go back online. These included the MWR Tax Relief Office for account creation and payment, all banks and credit unions resuming full operating hours, and lastly select interior construction contracts that have been on hold since early March.

The Recovery team met with numerous service and activity providers this week and reviewed over 20 requests to make changes. Most of these changes will be brought to next week's review board once we fully understand the measures and guidelines outlined in the new Italian decree, and anticipated specific regional ordinances.

Based on the current conditions, the board unanimously agreed that the three services met the requirements to reopen. However, that does not mean all of these services will be fully operational by Monday, as there are steps that first need to be in place for the approved service providers.

Prior to MG Cloutier’s final approval, all required inspections and checks need also to be complete. Depending on the service or activity, these include safety, preventive medicine, fire department, or Department of Public Works checks.

We anticipate that most of the services approved during yesterday's board will be operational on or shortly after May 18th. Once a specific service or activity is fully ready to operate under the approved mitigation measures, we will push out the information to the community.

We are already working on the services and activities to be reviewed and presented at next week's board. I’ll update you on those changes accordingly. I encourage you to follow the garrison’s Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information.

In closing, the approach to reopening a service is NOT simply putting out hand sanitizer. It's not simply turning the lights on or doing a deep-clean of the workplace. We are asking service providers to come up with innovative ways to improve services and protect the health of the community and the employees. Options can include expanding hours, fully embracing a culture of smart telework, and finding ways to optimize efficiencies. Current conditions drive change and we cannot miss the opportunity to find ways to work smarter and safer.

COVID-19 remains a threat and is still present in Italy, as well as around the globe. It is imperative that we all continue to exercise good judgment and strictly adhere to both Army and Host Nation guidance to protect the force. Bottom line, we WANT to re-start and NOT re-stop.

MG Cloutier's Remarks.

May 11

Saturday night, MG Cloutier signed out General Order #2. It is a revision to General Order #1 accounting for the changes occurring across Italy as some restrictions are being lifted. The Army community in Italy is unique and it’s necessary we take more stringent rules which may be allowed by our host nation. The measures we take are necessary to maintain good order, discipline, health and safety, and ensure our military is ready to go when needed.

We received a couple ICE comments and read a few Facebook posts from community members asking where they can get a copy of the General Order. For Soldiers, they can get a copy of the General Order from their chain of command. For Soldiers’ spouses, you can reach out to your organization FRG. Sharing a General Order online can lead to a Soldier or family member misinterpreting the order. When questions arise, the organizational leader should be providing you the response, not your social media contacts.

It is the duty of every community member to know and understand not only the General Order but also the laws and regulations of our host nation. Our General Order aligns with laws and decrees set forth by our host nation and at times can be more restrictive. When they change, we will review our Order and make the necessary changes as we did this past week.

Continue to exercise good judgement in all your activities, continue to maintain social distancing and sanitation measures, utilize masks and gloves and safeguard your health and fitness as well as those around you.

May 8, 4 p.m.

May 8, 4 p.m.

MG CLOUTIER OPENING REMARKS

Prepared remarks from today's town hall.

Good afternoon. You should know me by now, I’m COL Dan Vogel, US Army Garrison Italy commander.

Welcome to our Garrison Facebook Town Hall. This is our eleventh Town Hall to address community concerns as we respond to the Coronavirus.

Before I go any further … today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. We celebrate it every year the Friday before Mother’s day. It is a day to honor military spouses. Every day these men and women, and often time parents, make sacrifices to serve alongside and support their loved ones. Wives and husbands of servicemembers display an uncommon courage and strength and I would invite you all to set some time today to thank a military spouse for his/her commitment to family and our Nation.

Thank you Amanda for your service and sacrifice!

It has been an important week and a turning point for our host nation. On Monday, Italy transitioned to “Phase 2” of life under the pandemic. The country, including the Veneto and Tuscany regions, are easing precautionary regulations to progressively allow people to return to work and for services to reopen.

Taking into consideration the Host Nation decrees, and as MG Cloutier mentioned, we are taking our time to develop and execute a plan, a very rigorous plan, for how we gradually pull back on some of our restrictions. We received questions on this topic and we’ll get to those shortly.

On Tuesday, U.S. Army Europe hosted a virtual town hall to address PCS Hold and Exception to Policies. PCS is already a stressful time made only more stressful by COVID19 restrictions. We had good community attendance at that town hall and we received many questions and comments on our Facebook page. We took those questions and I’ll also provide answers to many of those. If you have a question, please go to the US Army Europe website where they update the frequently asked questions on PCS regularly.

On Wednesday, we learned good news from our Army Community Service Director Jolly Miller: we secured OSD approval for Military Family Life Counselor and Personal Financial Counselor services for the Camp Darby military community. All military, civilians, retirees and their family members are eligible to receive services from the MFLCs. I think this is a big win for the Darby military community and I hope our teammates down there take advantage of these two important ACS programs. THIS will be the FIRST TIME we were able to get approval for these services at Darby. We are working the details now and will let you know when they are finalized.

Last week, we explained our recovery process and what actions we are taking to protect the Soldiers, their Families, Department of the Army Civilians, Host Nation professionals, and contractors who live and work in our community.

Today, I want to walk you through how that process is playing out and some of the decisions we made so you know what you can expect to happen in the near future.

Over the past week, our Task Force Recovery team met with over 20 service and activity providers throughout the Garrison and reviewed over 60 requests to make some form of change to a service or activity. There are more than 300 services in the community, so that should give you an idea of the magnitude of our team’s efforts.

In some cases, the request was to expand hours of something currently operating, and in other cases the request was to bring a service back on line that has been completely closed.

As we briefed our operational approach last week, the team assessed current conditions and balanced them with the risk categories from low to high.

The conditions we looked at included the numbers and trend of COVID POSITIVE cases and health care capacity for both the Host Nation and the Installation; the decrees and ordinances in effect by the National and Regional governments; and measures we anticipate the Host Nation may announce in their upcoming decree that would be in effect from 18 May forward.

Based on these conditions, we identified 11 services and activities to present to the board. These included the AAFES PX, Shoppette, Military Clothing and Sales, food vendors, and the car care center.

Additionally, we looked at MWR food service on both Ederle and Del Din, the auto skills center, and outdoor fitness. We reviewed 7ATC’s DA photo service, and lastly resuming select exterior construction contracts that have been on hold since early March.

The board approved the recommendations and we will start preparing for changes on Monday. However that does not mean all of these services will be fully operational by Monday.

Why is that? There are workers who need to be notified and schedule. There are supplies that need to be ordered and delivered. We also need to do a deep clean in some facilities, which include flushing water lines and health and safety team inspections.

We anticipate most of the low-risk services approved at yesterday's board will be operational on or around Monday, May 18. Once a specific service or activity is fully ready to operate under the approved changes and conditions, we will notify the community. I encourage you to follow the garrison’s Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information.

We are already working on the services and activities to be reviewed and presented at next week's board. I’ll update you on those changes next Friday.

As we said, our plan has involved a lot of heavy lifting and remains conditions-based. We will continue to make adjustments as we go and continuously assess the environment.

As we loosen restrictions and start to reopen services, the ability to continue physical distancing becomes critical to help contain the spread of Covid19 as we have done to date.

For this reason, we will continue to rely and possibly increase the actions of our Team Over-Watch and Physical Distancing Platoons. It is vital that safety precautions are enforced and we are ready to overcompensate on order and discipline if we see that there is a need to do so.

So, before we get to the first question, I would like to say that we very much appreciate your continued patience and support. That demonstrates the resiliency of our community. It’s been a trying time for all of us. We’re not at the finish line but we are getting closer.

We need to be mindful and continue to practice personal distancing, wear masks when in public and follow the precautions here on post. Our concern of a second wave on infection is real. We want to avoid stepping backwards and starting over.

May 1, 2020, 4 p.m.

This afternoon we held our tenth weeky town hall. Today's focus is our plan for transitioning the garrison to a recovery phase and the steps we will be taking. My remarks were long but important. I'm providing a copy of them here so you can go back and revisit any section you didn't hear or wanted to review. Here they are:

MG Cloutier Opening Remarks

Good afternoon. Welcome to another town hall update!

First off, I’d like to wish our Italian workforce and their families Happy Labor Day. Thank you for everything you do. I hope you enjoy the long weekend. Please stay safe.

In step with our Host Nation, USAG Italy is also beginning to enter into our recovery phase. For the past two months both MG Cloutier and I have said we wanted to be in the best possible position to make adjustments—whether it was from an increasing threat of the virus spreading—or to a less restrictive position. I wanted to briefly describe to you how this process is going to work.

First, our three priorities: Protect the Force; Stop the Spread; and Maintain Readiness DO NOT CHANGE.

Our greatest concern is the risk involved in spreading the infection as we bringing additional base operations and services back online. History of past pandemics has shown us a second wave of infections will occur if we move too quickly in too short of time. To guide us safely through our recovery phase we assembled a garrison task force of subject matter experts to create the process by which we will assess conditions and make decisions.

Before any decisions are made, you need to understand the risk involved. Base operations and services have been broken down by THREE risk categories: low, medium and high. I have a chart here that explains this better.

Service providers will use this process to reassess reopening their services-- assess the risk, describe how they intend to provide the service, and identify the resources needed to restore the service.

About resources….first thing that comes to mind: mask, gloves and handwashing stations. We said last week, expect those to remain a requirement. But other resources may be required: lap top computers to enable the work force to remain telecommuting or an online appointment system. Our service providers are going to have to be creative and think outside of the box to deliver our services in an environment where COVID exists.

Now…what are we going to do with these baseball cards once they’re filled out?

Service providers will submit them to our operations directorate every Friday. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, working groups will review what service providers submitted. Like a school term paper or essay, they will be “graded” based on a scoring matrix. The working groups will collectively make a recommendation regarding the resumption of each service.

Every Thursday, MG Cloutier will review the plans and make a decision. It’s a process much like the PCS Exception to Policy Board.

We will get the results out to the service providers and we will inform the community on changes to service.

While we know the Host Nation lifts several measures starting on the 4th of May, there will be NO CHANGE in posture within USAG Italy communities on that date. Our first recovery review board is scheduled for NEXT THURSDAY, May, 7. Any decision made at the board on the 7th will not take effect until at least the following Monday, May 11th. This follows our minimum 72 hour and up to 14 day lag time behind the Host Nation that I mentioned earlier.

Low risk services may be relatively easy to reopen. The decision to reopen a medium risk operation will be decided by the SRO. High risk operations will require approval from US Army Europe. This process is not much different than decisions made for PCS Travel, travel restrictions and school closures.

We need to make the right decisions to Protect the Force; Stop the Spread; and Maintain Readiness.

The last things I’d like to say before answering your questions is that how we operate in the near future will be fundamentally different than the period before COVID-19. I am are asking our Directorates, Tenant Units and Organizations to find new and innovative ways to deliver services in an environment where COVID exists. We are focusing on increasing our technology capabilities to provide more services in a virtual manner. We embraced and will continue to support a culture of telework and flexible work schedules. We are reconfiguring common areas to limit crowds and eliminate lines. We are pursuing software applications to support online appointment scheduling. We are also looking at ways and means to make the community more resilient into the future.

I hope this helps you understand how the garrison intends to transition from our current position to our recovery phase, which will allow us to remain flexible to the changing environment.

With that let’s go to some of the questions you asked this week.

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April 27, 11 a.m.

April 27, 11 a.m.

Last night Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a new decree to regulate the soft reopening of the nation on May 4. The new decree is effective May 4 through May 17.

As we said in our last town hall meeting when that plan and any other decrees are issued, USAG Italy leadership will take time to thoroughly analyze them to ensure we understand what they say. We also need to determine how to best implement them on our installations. We are currently translating last night’s decree. It can take up to 72 hours before we have a clear understanding of what the decree says, interpret it and formulate guidance.

Decisions on resuming services and activities will be made in a very deliberate way--focusing first on safely resuming steady state services with low-risk/high-payoff activities focused on readiness and resiliency, and then gradually phasing in higher-risk services and activities.

General Order #1 is still in effect.

We understand how eager the community is to be able to move freely. We need to move slow and prevent a second wave of infection.

In summary, the decree states:

Movement

It will be possible to move from one municipality to another but the ban on travel between different regions of Italy continues, except for proven work matters, health reasons and extraordinary circumstances.

Self-declaration form

Self-declaration form will still be needed. Movement within the region is allowed for work, necessity, return to domicile, visit to close relatives, health reasons.

Outdoor exercise

It will be possible to exercise outdoors at any distance from home as long as social distancing of at least one meter is respected.

Parks

People will be allowed to go public parks as long as there’s compliance with safety distances and requirements. Mayors can close areas where there are gatherings of people.

Takeaway from restaurants and bars, etc.

Takeaway is allowed. People must go in one at a time and the food has to be consumed at home.

Forms of gathering

Still not allowed.

Activities/Businesses

Activities are allowed to reopen under the assumption of compliance with the security protocols (there is a list of ATECO codes and a protocol similar to the one undersigned on March 14.) Smart working is still highly encouraged.

Masks

Use of masks is mandatory indoors, where maintaining social distancing at all time is not possible. Face masks or other cloths or scarves must be worn over the nose and mouth and may also be made of fabric.

Anyone with a temperature must stay at home by law

Everyone with a fever of 99 degrees or more must stay at home, it is now a legal obligation.

Travel into Italy

Anyone entering Italy must undergo a 14-isolation at home.

Public transport

Buses, metro services and other public transport in Italy will have a maximum number of passengers set during peak traffic times to respect the distance of one meter between people. There is a dedicated protocol for public transport.

Funerals

Funerals are allowed and can have up to 15 people attending, but they can only be close relatives and all of them must wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Schools

Italian schools will not reopen until September.

Shops and cultural sites to open on May 18th

On May 18, the reopening of all shops as well as exhibitions, museums and cultural sites will be allowed if May 4th’s loosening of restrictions prove successful.

Italian bars, restaurants and hairdressers may open on June 1st

The lockdown will continue for bars, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers and beauticians until at least June 1st.

What will come next?

An update is expected in mid-May.

Apr. 24, 10 a.m.

The 25th April is an Italian Holiday (Liberation Day) and the 1st of May is an Italian Holiday (Labor Day) for Italian Professionals.

The Commissary and AAFES Main Store will be closed on Saturday, 25 April and Friday, 1 May.

The following food establishments will remain open due to our Soldier population confined to post with limited food options.

VMC ***AAFES***

Hours of operation for 25 April

Ederle Express: 0600-1900

Del Din Express: 1000-2000

Del Din Subway: 1100-1900

Taco Bell: 1030-1800

Charley’s: 1030-1800

Ederle Subway: Closed

Villagio Express: Closed

Hours of operation for 1 May

Ederle Express: 0600-1900

Del Din Express: 1000-2000

Del Din Subway: 1100-1900

Taco Bell: 1030-1800

Charley’s: Closed

Ederle Subway:1000-1800

Villagio Express: Closed

DMC ***AAFES***

PX – Closed: Friday 1st May

Commissary – Closed: Saturday 25th April and Friday 1st May

Open: Monday 27th April

Apr. 17, 2 p.m.

April 17, 2 p.m.

Yesterday, Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the U.S. Army Africa commanding general and senior responsible officer for the Vicenza and Camp Darby U.S. military communities; Lt. Col. Joe Matthews, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza commander and I hosted another weekly town hall meeting to respond to your questions about COVID-19 impacts. I also took the opportunity to bring the community up-to-date on Army Housing issues and answer some questions we received in that area. You can watch the recorded town hall on our YouTube page. Here are the key points:

  • The Italian government extended restrictions, with slight adjustments, through May 3rd.
  • USAG Italy will continue to respect and adhere to all host nation restrictions and will use them as guidelines to formulate prevention measures and determine a deliberate, conditions-based framework to gradually resume services and activities.
  • General Order One remains in effect. Command priorities remain to: protect the force, stop the spread of COVID-19, and maintain operational readiness.
  • The Stop Move order will be extended beyond May 11th. We expect an announcement in the coming days with specifics on the new date. The Secretary of Defense will review the policy every 15 days and make necessary adjustments. The modified, extended order will provide clear guidance on circumstances that will qualify for an exception to policy, but those are expected to be limited.
  • The command ETP board meets every week and considers individual cases where exceptions to policy are justifiable.
  • For the past five days, the percentage of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and ICU patients in Italy have decreased. This indicates that the cooperation of our community members is making a difference.
  • San Bortolo has lifted its restriction on spouses being allowed in the labor and delivery room. One support person will now be allowed, within strict guidelines and following extreme precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the mother and the baby.
  • We now have two operational BIO Fire systems on base and are able to conduct testing for the COVID-19 virus on Caserma Ederle at the acute respiratory care clinic.
  • Personnel living in the Veneto region now need to wear gloves and masks when leaving their homes. This also still applies to personnel within the Darby military community.
  • Individuals who live in the Veneto region are no longer restricted walking and exercising within 200 meters of their homes, but are still required to stay within the vicinity. If one needs to drive to a location for exercise, it is not within the vicinity of home. All are encouraged to use good judgement to maintain fitness and to avoid taking advantage of this reduction in restrictions. The host nation government could tighten restrictions again, if necessary.
  • Commissary shelves are continuously re-stocked; temporary transportation glitches have occurred recently. Those issues are being addressed and there are no regular supply chain concerns. The situation is expected to normalize in a matter of days.

We began answering questions. The first area we touched upon was Army Housing. Here were the key points that came out on that discussion:

  • Residents of Villaggio and government leased quarters are allowed to use the You Do It Center. It is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-16:00 and Saturdays from 10:00-14:00. During COVID 19, the center has set up a process to provide service and maintain physical distance. Customers should knock on the door, tell the clerk what they need, and wait for further instruction. The primary items being issued are HVAC filters, light bulbs and loaner lawn mowers and weed eaters.
  • CFMO continues to operate, but is only repairing and replacing emergency items. Appliances considered for emergency repair are: refrigerators, clothes washers and stoves/ovens. Clothes driers, however, are not currently deemed essential. Drying racks should be available at the PX.
  • Air-conditioning units in government quarters will be turned on only after May 15 and after three consecutive days when the ambient temperature reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Housing is part of the PCS task force and will work individually with all personnel who are PCSing. Personnel who already scheduled termination appointments for government quarters should have been contacted. Those with appointments to terminate private leases were contacted and appointments to turn off utilities, pick-up temporary government furnishings and final appointments with owner were all postponed.
  • Housing is working closely with individuals in the ETP process to schedule their appointments and clear them prior to their final out-processing. The housing office has developed some streamlined procedures and processes that can be accomplished digitally avoiding unnecessary contact. It’s important the chain of command is tracking on the ETP process.
  • For individuals and families who have recently arrived and are staying in hotels, current restrictions make selecting and moving into a home very difficult. Housing is working with people on a case-by-case basis; possible progress generally depends on how far along in the process the person/family was when the current restrictions were implemented. Many people will have to wait until restrictions are lifted. As restrictions are eased, these personnel will be given priority to obtain suitable housing. Personnel are encouraged to contact their sponsors and chain of command if they have challenges with temporary living arrangements.
  • The Lending Closet in ACS re-opened this week, from 10:00-14:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment after calling 349-697-8743.

Following Army Housing, we answered questions on the Italian decrees and what changed since our last town hall meeting.

  • The April 13 host nation decree removed the 200 meter distance rule. However, MG Cloutier stressed the decree is vague. Take a look around to see what others are doing. Wear a mask. Wear gloves or carry hand sanitizer. Maintain social distancing when walking. Self declaration forms are still required for individuals over 18 years old.
  • Only essential needs getting groceries or fuel, going to the pharmacy or medical appointments, justify travel outside one’s neighborhood.
  • If stopped for being outside, individuals should be respectful and follow instructions. Col. Vogel invited people who are stopped to report back to leadership to give an indication if guidance needs to be further clarified.
  • A clearly defined policy regarding hand washing and glove wearing on post will be issued.
  • Masks and gloves are available where necessary on post, but due to supply availability, individuals are encouraged to have their own. Improvised face coverings are allowed on post, and must cover both mouth and nose.

Lt. Col. Joe Matthews then answered several medical questions:

  • There are currently no FDA approved antibody tests for COVID-19. As a follow on, the medical community is not yet certain on whether or not a person can get COVID-19 again once they have had it.
  • Individuals should wear masks in their cars to use the drive through pharmacy.
  • COVID-19 testing protocols haven’t changed with the Bio Fire capabilities. The system is for use to protect the community with short turn around testing on high priority persons under investigation, like health care workers, first responders, etc.
  • The medical clinic is currently limited to acute appointments, but is also trying to utilize telehealth capabilities to serve the community.

In response to several questions, we discussed the recovery planning that is taking place:

The key objectives in the USAG Italy recovery plan are protecting the workforce and being mission capable. There is a task force currently working on this plan, keeping in mind that we want to avoid creating vulnerabilities that could affect the force and our community by lifting restrictions too quickly. Prioritization of services will reflect risks and necessities and also reflect those of the host nation policies.

  • Supervisors will be taking into account health concerns and vulnerabilities as recovery plans are made. Individuals with these concerns should discuss them with their supervisors so their concerns can be addressed.
  • At this time, and until further notice, all DoDEA schools in Europe remain closed and teachers continue to conduct virtual classes with our students. DoDEA is working closely with military leadership, medical professionals, and host nation partners. Any decisions regarding school status -- whether returning to the classroom or conducting graduations -- will be made with the health of students, staff and community in mind.
  • At this time, there is no additional information on when European nations will open their borders.
  • Individuals and families are encouraged to work directly with their chains of command to resolve concerns with childcare, work conflicts, etc.

April 13, 7 a.m.

April 13, 7 a.m.

Last Thursday, we hosted another virtual town hall meeting. Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the U.S. Army Africa commanding general and senior responsible officer for the Vicenza and Livorno U.S. military communities; Frank Lands, the U.S. Army Garrison-Italy deputy commander; and Lt. Col. Joe Matthews, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza commander provided a weekly update. You can watch the recorded town hall on our YouTube page. Here were the key points.

  • Italian restrictions have been extended at least through April 13th. The Vicenza and Darby military communities will continue to respect host nation restrictions and leadership is considering them as they formulate the U.S. Army military community road to recovery framework.
  • U.S. Army Garrison-Italy will provide current comprehensive guidance on required use of masks and gloves.
  • Two of the Vicenza military community personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 last month have recovered and tested negative on all prescribed post-infection tests.
  • This week, another Navy flight delivered test samples from the Verona airport to Landstuhl. The clinic received two BIO Fire systems that, once operational, will provide in-house testing capability at the clinic.
  • Mr. Lands suggested using the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing,” as social engagement itself is encouraged, as long as physical distance of at least two meters can be maintained.
  • Vicenza Mayor Francesco Rucco visited Caserma Ederle April 7. He visited the Garrison Operations Center and the Vicenza Army Health Clinic. He received an overview of how we have implemented all host nation measures and was able to observe the protection measures put in place to ensure base personnel safety.
  • The Army Community Service new parents support team and Vicenza Army Health Clinic have formed a new working group as a result of the questions and concerns brought up at the OB/GYN town hall and other virtual town hall meetings. The group will be contacting expectant parents registered with the health clinic to answer OB/GYN questions.
  • Stay home. Despite the seasonal celebrations and beautiful weather, all personnel and dependents need to remain vigilant in respecting and adhering to all restrictions. These measures are in place for everyone’s health and safety and are not negotiable.
  • San Bortolo shows no signs of being overwhelmed and continues to provide safe, high quality health care for emergency and specialty care.
  • Per DOD guidance, specific information regarding COVID-19 cases within military communities is not released, but Maj. Gen. Cloutier said there have not been significant changes since information was last released and the community is in a good place.
  • In compliance with updated regional, CDC, and DOD guidance, masks/face coverings and gloves must now be worn inside the commissary and AAFES locations. This also aligns with the Italian decree requiring masks and gloves inside Italian shops and at outdoor markets. They are also required when taking any public transportation or using a car service with driver.
  • For personnel at Camp Darby, the president of the Tuscany region has instituted a requirement that personnel wear masks whenever they are outside their homes.
  • Please note: Gloves and masks will be available at all garrison locations deemed “REQUIRED” by host nation decrees and where physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Patrons are encouraged to use their own as demand may exceed on-hand supplies.
  • The best weapons against COVID-19 are physical distancing and hand washing, but masks and must be worn on DOD property when physical distance of six feet apart cannot be maintained. The mask is recommended and worn not to protect the person wearing the mask, but rather others from any germs the person wearing the mask may unintentionally spread.
  • Garrison contacted nearby town authorities, letting them know that those living off post did not receive masks distributed within the communities. More than two hundred masks were donated to be distributed to residents of Villagio, the Ederle Inn and other local hotels where families are currently residing. Garrison continues to work closely with local authorities to arrange for masks for Americans living in privatized housing in surrounding communities. If individuals are in need of masks, they are encouraged to contact their units to arrange for assistance.
  • Hours and availability of services on post are still dynamic at this time and the most reliable places for updates are on the garrison Facebook page and the garrison website’s "Coronavirus Update" section.
  • The pharmacy is currently set up to support while maintaining physical distance. Those without a car can walk up to the pharmacy technician posted outside during clinic hours to check in. If it is necessary to enter the clinic, the technician will advise.
  • No new guidance has been issued yet regarding use or lose leave for military and/or civilians, but the Army is looking at the policy and expected to address that issue in the near future.
  • Host nation carry over leave policies are also being addressed within the specific organizations and guidance will be provided when available.
  • The procedure for being tested on post for COVID-19 remains the same. Service members, and civilians and host nation employees on a space available basis, showing symptoms can make an appointment at the respiratory clinic to be tested for the virus. However, if symptoms are severe, individuals should go to the hospital for potential inpatient care.
  • The Army recently announced that Army physical fitness tests, ACFT diagnostics and weapons qualifications tests have been suspended until further notice, so Soldiers will not be penalized for expired tests due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Apr. 3, 3 p.m.

April 3, 3 p.m.

Yesterday, we held another town hall hosted by Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier, the U.S. Army Africa commanding general and senior responsible officer for the Vicenza and Livorno U.S. military communities; Lt. Col. Joe Matthews, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza commander, and myself. Here are the main points discussed. If you want to see a replay of the town hall with links to the questions asked with answers, go to the garrison YouTube page where we have it posted.

  • Maj. Gen. Cloutier opened by thanking the community for protecting the community by respecting the Italian and military restrictions since they were initiated five weeks ago. There are encouraging signs that these efforts are making a difference. They encouraged the community to stay vigilant in all efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Italy’s Council of Ministers has extended all restrictions through at least April 13th. Cloutier said that date is conditions based and could be extended again. Once it is safe, there will be a slow, methodical approach to reduce restrictions and begin reopening services. Some level of restriction to still be in place leading into the summer, perhaps beyond.
  • Similar to the USAG-Italy COVID-19 priorities, which are: Protect the Force, Stop the Spread and Maintain Readiness, the Secretary of Defense has released his own priorities: Protect our People, Maintain Mission Readiness and Support the U.S. Whole-of-Government Effort.
  • It is with these priorities in mind that the Secretary of Defense has authorized the recent 60-day Stop Move order impacting all DOD uniformed and civilian personnel and their sponsored family members living overseas. While there are some rare exceptions, this order pertains to most personnel and dependents. As of right now, the Stop Move order is in place until May 25th, but that could be extended as the virus is now significantly impacting the United States. Please be patient. All impacted personnel should stay in contact with their chains of command and S1 shops to ensure they have the latest guidance. Once new orders are issued, individuals can begin scheduling household goods shipments and taking care of other associated PCS activities.
  • The restriction to remain within 200 meters of your home remains the same, as well as the restriction on movement except for essentials, like buying groceries, going to work, etc. Individuals can still walk their dog only within 200 meters of their home, but the recent change in Italian policy allows an adult to be accompanied by one child to take this walk. Unfortunately, more than one child and one adult are still not allowed at this time.
  • Family members should not be traveling from their home to Caserma Ederle or Del Din to use the track. This falls outside of the decree of traveling for essentials. However, a number of families are staying at the Ederle Inn, and as the track is within 200 meters of the hotel, these individuals are within the guidelines if they choose to use the track, as long as they maintain the approved distance from others.
  • The acute respiratory clinic is available to DA civilians and NAF and DoDEA employees on a space available basis. The priority list is available on the Tricare website. First priority goes to beneficiaries, but if those appointments are not filled, civilians may make appointments. Currently, appointments are available. To schedule an appointment, call the appointment line.
  • The drive-up pharmacy is now open.
  • The health clinic is working with both San Bortolo and Landstuhl to improve COVID-19 testing processes for the community. The Navy recently flew samples from Verona directly to Landstuhl, decreasing the time to receive results. At this time, there are no plans to conduct serology testing. That is not currently available. When it does become available, the will evaluate the factors involved to determine if it would be an option for the community. Currently, there are no plans to test individuals without symptoms, but that is subject to change.
  • The clinic is providing reduced services to ensure social distancing, but remains open for appointments for acute illnesses or for issues that require attention, such as a concern with an intrauterine device. When possible, providers are leveraging telehealth appointments and secure messaging to ensure patients’ needs are met.
  • Maj. Gen. Cloutier and Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the U.S. Army Europe commander, have been in constant communication about the community’s medical needs during the pandemic, and Lt. Gen. Cavoli assured Maj. Gen. Cloutier that medical requirements would be provided. Obtaining an ICU-trained nurse and a respiratory therapist and opening the acute respiratory clinic was a direct result of this communication. The health clinic’s priority is safe, high-quality care. There is no evidence at this time that San Bortolo will not be able to provide that care for OB/GYN services. While the clinic was originally designed to have a birthing center, it was not efficient and potentially dangerous, and was closed. The facility has been heavily modified since, and would require enormous amounts of time and resources to be able to provide safe, high-quality care. At this time, it is not possible to provide operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, a nursery, blood bank capabilities, anesthesiology, etc.
  • While the request has been made to San Bortolo to test spouses for COVID-19 to allow spouses to attend births, the request has been denied. The policy of no visitors is in place for all patients, regardless of nationality or reason for being treated. This is to provide as much protection as possible to all patients and providers at the hospital.
  • Currently, the hospitals at Landstuhl and Naples allow spouses to attend the births of their children. However, these hospitals are also evaluating the sustainability of this policy. It is subject to change at any time. There are policies like San Bortolo’s in the U.S., and in other hospitals locally. On a case by case basis, the medical team can make an analysis of the risk and benefit of moving the family to another facility, but for most people, this is an unlikely option. Landstuhl is not allowing families to travel there to give birth entirely so the spouse can be present. San Bortolo provides safe, high-quality care and this is the best option for the community. Those who would like to talk to their provider about other options can make an appointment.
  • At this point in time, the Center for Disease Control has not issued new guidance concerning face masks. USAG-Italy follows CDC guidance. Masks generally serve a purpose for people who are already ill or for those in regular contact with ill people. Masks were provided for employees on post who requested them because of frequent contact with members of the community. We will continue to monitor the CDC’s guidance for any changes. However, if asked to wear a mask, or if one feels more comfortable doing so, nothing is preventing anyone from wearing one. Generally masks are disposable and can be discarded in the trash.
  • Civilians and host nation employees are not on their own if they contract COVID-19. The community will support as possible to ensure their needs are taken care of. First, if they show symptoms, they can make a space available appointment at the respiratory clinic to be tested for the virus. However, if symptoms are severe, individuals should go to the hospital for potential inpatient care.
  • Civilians, host nation employees and those living in privatized housing who are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test or who have tested positive for the virus will quarantine or isolate at their residence. Soldiers living in the barracks waiting for results or testing positive will quarantine or isolate on the appropriate floor in building 180 on post. Individuals who require hospitalization will go to San Bortolo for treatment.
  • Individuals can contact their chain of command if concerned about the numbers of individuals who are quarantined or who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, for OPSEC purposes, that information is no longer available for public release per DOD guidance. Protocols discussed at previous town halls are being strictly enforced to ensure that no one is put at unnecessary risk.
  • The garrison has provided hand-washing stations in front of the Commissary and PX, sanitizing wipes for the carts, gloves for handling fruit and vegetables, and recently installed Plexiglas screens at cashier stations. At this time, shoppers will not be required to wear masks and gloves.
  • Shopping bags will still be provided at the end of cashier lanes at the Commissary. Col. Vogel will look into the new policy about shoppers not being able to use their own shopping bags
  • If social distancing is not being respected in formation, that needs to be addressed with the chain of command. The guidance is clear.
  • Leaders are planning a recovery roadmap for when restrictions are lifted. The priorities will remain to Protect the Force, Stop the Spread and Maintain Readiness. Plans will reflect host nation policies and will be carefully evaluated to avoid creating any vulnerability in the community. Services will slowly, over time become available. Until the conditions are set and the community is safe, and it’s the right time to open services, they’re not going to open.

Apr. 1, 5 p.m.

April 1, 5:00 p.m.

Yesterday, we held a virtual town hall meeting on the topic of OB/GYN issues here in the Vicenza Military Community. Speaking to the community and taking your questions was: Lt. Col. Joe Matthews, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza commander; Maj. Ezella Washington, the U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza chief medical officer; Ms. Monica Ronzani, the San Bortolo head obstetrics nurse; Ms. Antigone Miller; Ms. Alicia Sendmeyer, a U.S. Army Health Clinic Vicenza registered nurse.

If you missed the town hall, you can watch a replay of it on YouTube. Here is an executive summary of what was presented.

  • Clinic leadership and personnel will keep the community informed to the best of their abilities, however, patience is requested as Information is changing daily.
  • Lt. Col. Matthews addressed the difficulties in establishing a labor and delivery unit at the clinic, explaining that it would require more than hiring an OB/GYN doctor; there would need to be operating rooms, labs and equipment to perform emergency cesarean sections, blood transfusions, etc. The priority is safe, high-quality care, and, in this case, San Bortolo can provide that for these services at this time.
  • While there has been some concern about San Bortolo’s new policy to not allow spouses in the labor and delivery room, it is a policy that has been enacted in hospitals around the world, including in the United States, in response to the new coronavirus.
  • Ms. Miller, an American mother who delivered a baby just a week ago, reported on a completely positive experience at San Bortolo. “I hope this brings you some comfort,” she repeated. “I felt very cared for and safe.” When she arrived at the hospital, the patient liaison met her immediately, and together with hospital staff -- a translator, two midwives, nurses and physicians -- stayed with her the entire time and answered all of her questions. She said the staff was very caring about her needs and calming. She didn’t feel she was being exposed to anything and the rooms were regularly cleaned. She said her biggest fear was being alone and she didn’t feel alone. She delivered a healthy baby and both are doing well.
  • The clinic is still performing pregnancy tests. For those who think they might be pregnant or who have taken a pregnancy test, call the appointment line at 0444-61-9000 and request a telephone consult with one of the nurses.
  • The clinic is still providing immunizations, including TDAP, by appointment. Call the appointment line to schedule those appointments.
  • For specific OB questions, patients can call the appointment line for consults with RNs Ms. Sendmeyer or Ms. Ranalli. Patients can also use Tricare secure messaging to reach clinic staff members. San Bortolo’s OB clinic’s direct phone number is 0444-75-7733.
  • The VHC is still performing, upon request, circumcisions on boys up to 30 days old. All babies are eligible for immunizations and well-baby check-ups up to 24 months old.
  • What to expect at San Bortolo: All staff are wearing gloves and masks. All mothers will be tested for COVID-19, regardless of nationality. No infants will be tested, however, unless the mother’s test is positive. Then the baby might be tested as a precaution. If there are rooms available and the doctor gives the OK, the mother can stay on the sixth floor in an individual room. Spouses will not be allowed to stay. FaceTime/Skype/etc. is not permitted during the birth to allow personnel to concentrate on giving the mother and baby the best care. If a mother tests positive for COVID-19, the baby will not stay with her; he or she will be taken to the NICU to be tested and observed. If the mother tests negative, the baby will be with the mother. Mothers should expect to stay at San Bortolo a minimum of 48 hours for monitoring after giving birth.
  • General COVID-19 patients are treated on a dedicated floor with dedicated staff and do not enter the labor and delivery area. Mothers who test positive give birth and recover in dedicated areas of the labor and delivery floor with dedicated staff and do not go near the other patients at any time.
  • Home births are covered by Tricare only if providers are licensed in the U.S. and in Italy. Currently, there are no known providers.
  • Patient liaisons are still available only to beneficiaries at this time.

March 25, 7 p.m.

March 25, 7:00 p.m.

This afternoon I and the garrison command team held a conference call with the base unions' representatives. We were joined by Col. Michele Biasiutti and Col. Umberto D'Andria representing the Italian base leadership as well as managers from CPAC, AAFES and Safety offices.

The main topics of our discussion included measures taken on post to protect the health and safety of workers from the further spread of the coronavirus, and to ensure mission readiness.

It was a very cordial and productive meeting. For me, it was important that I understood clearly the requests of our workers' representatives and to work with them to assess the effectiveness of the protective measures in place.

We paid particular attention to the concerns of the workers we consider mission essential, and who continue to commute to the garrison every day. These workers support critical mission areas and control the utilities of our Vicenza military community.

Since we implemented teleworking (or "smart work") procedures and the granting of admin leave for non-essential staff, the number of employees coming to base has been reduced 77 percent. Col. Biaisiutti appreciated the great effort made by the Garrison command to reduce activities, and nonessential services.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, teleconference meetings between the garrison command and union representatives have been held weekly to reach consensus on the best practices to protect the community and ensure mission readiness. Under normal circumstances, we meet face-to-face on a quarterly basis.

Through teamwork we will prevent the spread of COVID 19 and remain mission Thank you to our Army professionals for their resiliency during this difficult time.

March 23, 12 p.m.

March 23, 12:00 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. March 22, there are 59,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 46,638 active cases, 5,476 deaths, and 7,024 persons recovered. This is an increase of 10% in new cases in the last 24 hours.

We have one confirmed case of a US Service Member, zero family members, and zero federal employees. Five Host Nation employees are confirmed positive and are being treated through the Italian system. We currently have 30 people in quarantine. These are community members are either awaiting COVID-19 test results or were in close contact with those awaiting test results. These numbers change regularly as test results are received and more are requested. Our Soldier who tested positive was moved to isolation on Caserma Ederle. He is under the care of our health care professionals and is doing well.

Last evening the Prime Minister of Italy announced a new decree that will significantly reduce the number of people going to work in the country. The decree is aimed at only keeping open strategic industries and closing those considered not essential. Supermarkets, food stores, pharmacies and public transportation as well as other essential services will remain open. Our main effort today is to determine who absolutely must remain here to ensure readiness. We expect more changes to service hours. With the commissary’s support, we will work to keep Monday commissary hours. We are working to open the MENSA for a grab-and-go meal to Caserma Ederle Soldiers and workers as well as Ederle Inn guests. Tomorrow post office hours at Ederle and Del Din will be reduced to package pick up only from 0900-1300. Expect closure of all food service options with the exception of the shoppette and commissary.

Our Vicenza and community members are strongly encouraged to stay home except for trips to the grocery story, medical appointments or any necessary travel. Yesterday, 226,633 people were stopped throughout the country of Italy and 10,000 of them were fined for violations of the restriction of movement measure.

March 19, 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE: March 19, 11:30 a.m.

As of 6 p.m. March 18, there were 35,713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 28,710 active cases, 2,978 deaths, and 4,025 persons recovered. This is an increase of 13% in the last 24 hours.

Bottom Line: We have zero COVID-19 confirmed cases for any US Service Member, civilian, or family member in the US Army Garrison Italy (USAG-I) footprint.

Yesterday, we were informed a second host nation employee of the US Army Garrison Italy, who works for the Directorate of Public Works, tested positive for COVID-19. This worker, like our first, has not been on any installation since March 5. He is now isolated at home. We wish him a quick recovery. Our medical team has not changed their opinion that there is minimal risk of exposure to our community and fellow employees.

We are on day 25 of the COVID-19 crisis here in Italy. Our team has proactively created a plan of action to prevent, protect and treat this virus. We are working closely alongside our host nation partners. Recently, the President of the Veneto Region held a press conference urging all citizens to stay at home unless they must go to work or for strict necessity. Our social distancing platoon is out in numbers at the commissary, PX and post office to remind everyone to keep 1 meter separation. Of course, this means lines will form. Please be patient while we protect our community. Everyone is a team player. If you are out and about at Ederle, Del Din or Longare and see instances of poor social distancing, please remind those of this important safety precaution. It’s easy to forget this simple rule when you’re doing something else. No one outranks General Safety!

News reports transportation links continue to tighten with the EU announcing Schengen countries are authorized to close borders. These closures do not affect the transportation of commercial goods therefore we still do not anticipate disruption of shipments to our commissary and PX.

There will be another virtual town hall meeting this Friday at 1 p.m. We look forward to updating you on our situation and answering any questions you may have.

March 15, 3 p.m.

UPDATE: March 15, 3:00 p.m.

We have confirmed that a host nation employee who works within the garrison's Directorate of Public Works at USAG Italy's Caserma Ederle is being treated at a local hospital after testing positive for Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Our leadership and medical staff are conducting a thorough investigation to understand the scope of exposure this employee may have had with other personnel at USAG Italy. His last day of work on Caserma Ederle was March 5.

The employee is currently receiving treatment at Cittadella . Other personnel who may have been in immediate contact, are being notified in accordance with guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our host nation.

We are taking necessary precautions to keep everyone safe and informed, and we will continue to coordinate closely with our tenant commands and host-nation partners.

We are keeping our Army professional and his family in our thoughts and prayers. The health and safety of our USAG Italy community is - and always will be our top priority.

March 11, 5:30 p.m.

March 11, 5:30 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. March 10, there are 10,149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 8514 active cases, 631 deaths, and 1004 persons recovered. This is an increase of 10% in the last 24 hours. According to San Bortolo hospital, they have 12 positive cases that are hospitalized which is 30 percent of their total bed capacity. The other positive cases are at home in isolation with their close family. In the province of Vicenza, there are 75 confirmed cases divided in the following towns: Vicenza, Agugliaro, Altavilla Vicentina, Arcugnano, Breganze, Caldogno, Campiglia dei Berici, Castelgomberto, Chiampo, Cogollo del Cengio, Cornedo, Gallio, Isola Vicentina, Lugo, Malo, Marano Vicentino, Monte di Malo, Montebello, Monteviale, Piovene Rocchette, Pojana Maggiore, Roana, Sandrigo, Santorso, Sarego, Sarcedo, Schio, Sovizzo, Tezze sul Brenta, Thiene, Valli del Pasubio, Valdagno, Velo d'Astico, Villaga, Villaverla, Zanè and Zugliano.

Bottom Line: We have zero COVID-19 confirmed cases in the USAG Italy footprint. We have two Soldiers in quarantine for 14 day periods who returned from leave in South Korean and Japan, respectively. Other Soldiers and family members were placed in quarantine for short periods of time until test results confirmed the person they were in contact with came back negative for COVID-19.

Yesterday, we respected the precautionary measures the Italian Prime Minister issued through an official public decree affecting the entire national territory of Italy. The intent of the decree is to limit exposure to public places in order to counter and contain the spread of COVID-19 throughout Italy. Please take time to review our Coronavirus webpage on the garrison website. We updated our frequently asked questions to include the decree impacts. We are taking considerable efforts to ensure we match the intent and scope of the decree with regards to our on-post services. At this time, most Garrison and government essential services are continuing. However, we may have to reduce services to ensure we are operating within the spirit of the law.

Our housing office services were impacted by the decree. Given limited space and social distancing concerns, appointments must be scheduled and family members attending should be limited. Walk-in visitors may have to wait outside until scheduled appointments leave the waiting area. Housing can no longer provide transportation to customers who want to view properties, go to the utility companies or any other housing related appointment due to the impossibility to maintain adequate social distancing in a normal vehicle. Translation services will still be provided but the customer will have to either follow the interpreter or meet them there. Finally, housing worked an arrangement with utility companies where our interpreters can handle, temporarily, documentation for opening and closing accounts without the presence of the customer and we will pass on the documentation or final billing to them.

We have a task force tackling the issue of the Army’s order to hold PCS moves for 60 days. Approximately 200 Soldier and civilian moves are impacted by this order. Each case will be handled on an individual basis. We expect exceptions will be possible. Yesterday our task force was interviewed on AFN Vicenza. That interview was shared on the garrison Facebook page.

The COVID virus situation is a rapidly changing situation. We are following news reports of border changes, flight cancellations, and many other impacts. The garrison team is working hard to ensure the protection of our military communities and readiness of our service members remain high. We are planning on another virtual community town hall meeting Friday afternoon. Please post your questions in the comments section below.

March 10, 2:30 p.m.

March 10, 2:30 p.m.

This morning the garrison reviewed the government decree and what impacts they have on the Vicenza and Camp Darby military communities.

The intent of the law is to limit exposure to public places. Garrison and government essential services continue.

Service members, federal workers, host nation workers and their families ARE allowed to transit between work, grocery stores, and medical appointments. If you are stopped by law enforcement officers, drivers need to present A SELF-DECLARATION FORM certifying they are aware of the restrictions and their travel is limited to work requirements; health appointments; emergencies; transit to home, and other situations of necessity. The new national decree and self-declaration form does not permit "leisure travel" at this time. Service members, federal workers, host nation workers and their families are all expected to respect host nation directives.

The SELF-DECLARATION FORM can be found on the garrison website. Simply print and fill in the requested information. Please work with your FRG/chain of command if you are unable to print.

Activities such as bike rides, walking the dog, or other outdoor recreational activities that don't involve large numbers of people are encouraged with safe distancing.

If you are stopped by law enforcement, present your self-declaration form and comply with instructions. In addition to the self-declaration form, you should also carry your USG-issued identification card and SETAF drivers' license. It is also advisable to carry either originals or copies of your passport, missione soggiorno (for civilians and dependents), and/or any other documents which will make identification easier for host nation authorities.

March 9, 7:30 p.m.

*UPDATE* March 9, 7:00 p.m.

A documentauthorizes all Soldiers who reside in Treviso and Padova provinces to traverse in and out of the restricted to the Vicenza Military Community (VMC) with respect to the recent Italian presidential decree. Military personnel must have this document and be able to present it to Italian authorities when traveling to and from their homes in the impacted provinces for duty in the VMC. An English translation of the document is availableHERE

DACs, host nation employees and contractors who reside in restricted areas will also report for duty if their organizational leaders determine he/she is required to sustain the current level of operations and services across the installation as determined by their directorates. There will be no degradation in mission, operations or services. This document provides authorization with host nation authorities for mission essential DACs, Civilians and contractors to allow them to traverse in and out of the restricted areas. Finally, this document also authorizes Soldiers, civilians and family members to travel to the commissary, PX, post office, medical and other service locations on Ederle and Del Din.

Supervisors are required to provide a list of all Soldiers and employees who live in the restricted areas to garrison human resources.

March 8, 7 p.m.

*UPDATE* March 8, 7:00 p.m.

All employees (Servicemembers, DA Civilians, and Local National Employees) who reside in the listed red zones to remain home tomorrow, Monday, March 9, pending further guidance.

For those residing in the red zones who are determined mission critical/emergency essential, the USAG-I command team is drafting an official notice to present to any Italian law enforcement authorities who may attempt to stop or fine them. The notice is to permit them to travel from home to work, with the minimum possible social contact with other people.

For those residing in the red zones who are not determined mission critical/emergency essential, managers have authority to grant weather and safety leave SINCE only mission critical/emergency essential are authorized to report. Those who have the capacity to telework must implement their telework agreements and work from home.

Mission Critical/Emergency Essential determination. Each command is responsible for determining who their mission critical/emergency essential employees are. Please work with your supervisors and chain of command if you have questions.

March 8, 4:30 p.m.

As of March 8, 2020, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed the new Decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries (DPCM) containing further measures for the containment and contrast of the spread of COVID-19 throughout the national territory. This decree will be valid from Mar. 8 - Apr. 3, 2020.

The restrictions affect certain areas where movement will be limited. Areas are: Lombardy region and the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio nell'Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padova, Treviso, and Venice.

If any Soldiers, DA Civilians, contractors, or Host Nation professionals reside in any affected area, you must coordinate with your supervisor or commander to determine if you are mission-essential. If you are mission-essential, you will report to work tomorrow. If you are non-mission-essential, please stay home tomorrow. There's more information to follow.

Staying postured with our host nation, our schools on base will continue to be physically closed until further notice and digital learning will continue.

Italian schools of all levels will be closed until Mar. 15.

According to the decree, the entire country of Italy will have suspended events and closures of the following until Apr. 3:

Closures:
- Museums and other art and culture places
- Cinemas, theaters, night clubs, casinos, other gambling facilities, arcades, dance schools

Suspensions:
- Congresses, meetings, shows, social events of any kind (including the medical ones), indoors and outdoors, public and private
- Sports events of any kind, can be carried out without public

Notes:
- Restaurant, bars, and shops remain open, but must comply with the one-meter distance rule
- Places of worship can remain open but must comply with the one-meter distance rule. Weddings are funerals are suspended.
- The restaurants, bars, and shops who do not respect the rule will be fined and forced to close.

The lockdown was lifted in the Vo' and other Lombardy areas, yet they remain within the areas subject to the restrictive measures in this decree.

The Italian Prime Minister says this decree is necessary to avoid a collapse of the healthcare system.

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March 7, 3:00 p.m.

Last night, Dept. of the Army issued orders that affect our community. That order was PCS travel is on hold for the next 60 days.

We are now working on the details on how to support our Soldiers, civilians and families who are already in this transition window. We will provide details to tenant commands so they can best support their people.

This decision will affect Soldiers, civilians, and their families differently based upon where they are in the PCS cycle. The families and Soldiers most impacted are those who already have their household goods packed and shipped to their next destination.

If you were expecting your household goods to be packed, those appointments are being reviewed. We will work with you to answer questions about staying in your residence or temporary accommodations.

Professional military education orders are also on hold for the next 60 days for service members whose schooling is less than six months.

There are a lot of people working this weekend to implement these orders with the least amount of anxiety and stress to those affected. We are a strong community. You may know someone who is feeling overwhelmed by this decision. Reach out and ask them how you can help.

We will share information with you as quickly as we can. Please stay plugged in with your chain of command and this platform to receive ACCURATE information.

March 5, 6:30 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. March 4, there are 3089 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 2706 active cases, 107 deaths, and 276 persons who recovered. This is an increase of 23 percent from yesterday. The Italian government provides an up-to-date list of confirmed coronavirus cases here: https://lab.gedidigital.it/gedi-visual/2020/corona...

Bottom Line: We remain at zero confirmed COVID-19 cases for any US service members, civilians, or family members in the US Army Garrison Italy footprint.

We are scheduling another virtual town hall meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m.

The single most pressing questions currently revolve around all facets of travel (PCS/TDY/Leisure) as the U.S. Center of Disease Control is recommending travelers stay home for 14 days (self-isolate/quarantine) upon return from Italy. We are analyzing how this will affect PCS/ETSing Soldiers and are awaiting guidance from higher headquarters.

Yesterday, the Government of Italy (GOI) announced all schools throughout the country will be closed from Thursday, March 5 through mid-March. In line with the Regional and Provincial Italian Camp Darby DoDEA Schools and the International School of Florence closed in accordance with the nationwide decree. We will share a translation of the decree on the garrison Facebook page.

Tenant commands received clarifying guidance for mission essential travel. A medical screening is not required, as it does not adequately detect service members who might have the virus. However, a screening questionnaire remains in place at the commander level.

We want to ensure families PCSing/ETSing understand potential impacts and outbound/inbound requirements and restrictions. This is a large issue for the entire U.S. Army and our senior leaders are working on it. Please share your concerns and questions during the town hall.

We continue to actively share information to you so every one understands our concerns and priorities. You and your family health, and; the readiness of our Soldiers are the priorities. We updated the travel restrictions on the garrison Coronavirus webpage to include areas in northern area under quarantine by the Italian government. This will help you prevent inadvertent travel to those areas. We will soon publish an infographic of our personal risk decision making matrix. This will help families decide what they should do if they feel sick, and PCS/TDY into Italy from other areas.

Moving forward, planning includes learning from various practices used at our Army installations in Korea. As we said previously, we want to be in the best possible position to adjust to the changing environment.

Please join us on Facebook for our town hall meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m. If

March 4, 7:00 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. on March 3, there are 2502 (+466) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 2263 active cases, 79 deaths, and 160 persons recovered. This is an increase of 23% from yesterday. A real time map of confirmed Coronavirus patients can be found hereExternal Link Snippet.

Bottom Line: We have zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any US Service members, civilians, or family members in the US Army Garrison Italy footprint.

Local media are reporting all schools in Italy will be closed until March 15. We are working on confirmation.

The garrison received reports from personnel who returned to the United States (PCS/ETS/TDY) and were placed in quarantine for 14 days. We are working closely with Army leaders on this issue. PCS/ETS families should anticipate being placed in quarantine for 14 days. Anyone traveling beyond Italy should anticipate screening delays, cancellation of flights, and potential quarantine at their destination. Tenant units were asked to submit reports regarding PCS/ETS gains and losses expected through May 31.

We are working with U.S. European Command and U.S. Army Europe to get more clear guidance on travel restrictions specific to our families who live In Veneto. Travel to the Lombardy region is unauthorized. Leisure travel (non-official) is discouraged. If your leisure plans include other areas of Italy, please use the online map of affected areas and avoid them. As always, official travel for service members and Army civilian employees must be mission essential and be approved by senior leadership.

March 3, 12:30 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. last night, there were 2036 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy: 1835 active cases, 52 deaths, and 149 persons recovered. This is an increase of 21 percent from yesterday.

Bottom Line: We remain at zero confirmed COVID-19 cases for any service members, civilians, or family members in the US Army Garrison Italy footprint. Local commanders have taken a stand to protect the community and implemented precautionary measures to keep service members in quarters who are sick with seasonal flu. We do not see numbers of sick service members any higher than what we saw this time of year in previous years.

Many USAG Italy services and activities within the VMC, as well as unit level events have been cancelled to include: religious gatherings, ACS play groups, Outdoor Recreation Trips, Ederle/Arena bowling, Soldier's Theater productions, LRMC shuttle bus, and the Safety Motorcycle course. Due to personnel staffing shortages, some VMC services will have reduced hours to include Ederle Library, Pass & Badge, and the Del Din Warrior Zone. All activities remain open at Camp Darby. The garrison public affairs office reorganized the Coronavirus information page on the garrison website to better inform our community. https://home.army.mil/italy/index.php/coronavirus-...

We are tracking all PCS/ETS gains and losses expected through 31 May 2020. We want to ensure each Command and the personnel PCSing/ETSing understand impacts and inbound/outbound requirements and restrictions. We do not have details but we are working this issue.

DoDEA continues its virtual school, there are some small friction points, but overall this is going very well. DoDEA also announced the start of the springs sports season is delayed and there will be no practices or organizational meetings held during school closure.

As you know, we are following the lead of our host nation partners. Within the local area the Prefect and Mayors have been meeting regularly and preparing for the handling of increased COVID-19 cases within the community. We have Italian employees (LNOs) that are party of city and provincial EOCs if and when they are activated.

As was previously announced, the US Department of State (DoS) DOS and Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintain a travel advisory level 3 for ALL of Italy - recommending personnel avoid unnecessary travel to Italy. The DoS travel advisory for the Lombardy and Veneto Regions has been raised to level 4 - do not travel. Travel restrictions and other information is updated on the garrison Coronavirus webpage.

We are improving methods to provide newly arrived personnel to the Vicenza Military Community with information regarding the COVID-19. MWR will begin providing personnel in the Ederle Inn with all publicized information such as the Garrison website, and DHR will begin incorporating COVID-19 information sessions within their Newcomers briefings.

Finally, the garrison Religious Services Office is approved to provide sacramental support to groups of 10 personnel or less.

March 2, 12:30 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. March 1, there were 1686 (+553) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, 1569 active cases, 34 deaths, and 83 persons recovered. Many confirmed patients are exhibiting no flu-like symptoms. This is an increase of 49 percent from yesterday.

Bottom Line: We have zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 for any US Service Members, civilians, or family members in the US Army Garrison Italy footprint.

As we mentioned yesterday, In line with the Regional and Provincial Italian Government, USAG Italy informed the community that all VMC Schools, Child Development Centers (CDC), Child and Youth Services (CYS), Theaters and Fitness Centers will remain closed for one more week. All activities remain open in DMC.

Over the weekend, The US Department of State (DoS) raised the travel advisory for the Lombardy and Veneto Regions to level 4 - do not travel. DOS and Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintain a travel advisory level 3 for all of Italy - recommending personnel avoid unnecessary travel to Italy. Please make sure friends and families who planned a visit here in the near future understand these restrictions.

Garrison leadership meets twice a day as we monitor the situation and to coordinate precautionary measures.

Our staff continues to work with OPM regarding administrative leave details. You can find the most recent information on the Coronavirus webpage on the garrison website. Currently supervisors are directed to coordinate on an individual basis with DAC and NAF personnel, who face lack of childcare, and to fully explore all feasible work alternatives including telework, compensatory time, flexible schedule, and alternate work schedule. As a last resort, administrative leave may be authorized for brief periods. We require an exception to the policy to ensure our DACs and Italian employees are not penalized for following guidelines prescribed by the Italian government and the Garrison.

We are gathering data on all PCS/ETS gains and losses expected through 31 May 2020 to ensure we understand impacts and inbound/outbound traffic flow timelines. We are not tracking any impacts at this time.

We are awaiting a shipment of items through the Red Cross to include foaming soap containers, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and portable hand washing stations, and will distribute them throughout our installations.

Yesterday, the USAG Italy Religious Services Office provided web-based Catholic and Protestant services to the community this morning using the Facebook live capabilities. We thank everyone for their comments offering support and appreciation for the Services and overall efforts of the community.

The garrison implemented a plan to administer Restriction of Movement (ROM)/isolation activities for Soldiers placed in designated barracks within the USAG Italy community. We are ready to provide appropriate heath care coverage, logistics support, and morale and welfare support for any service member placed under ROM.

Information sharing remains a top priority for USAG Italy and we will continue to push information out to the community daily.

Feb. 29, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

As of 7 p.m. Friday night, there were more than 820 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy with 21 deaths and 46 people recovered. Out of these cases, 400 people do not have symptoms and do not require medical attention. Yesterday, was the most significant single day incerease we've seen reported since the outbreak began. We have zero confired cases of COVID-19 for any U.S. servicemembers, civilians or family members in the USAG Italy footprint. Two of our teammates at Camp Darby were tested at Pisa hospital with negative results.

A formal decision to continue with the closure of schools, CYS, CDC, and gyms has not been made. We continue to follow the led of our host nation in implementing health protection measures. We will maintain the current measures in our community until the environment changes where it makes sense to do so. Changes are not based on a particular date.

Yesterday our Army Health Clinic Commander LTC Joe Matthews visited San Bortolo hospital and met with leaders and some of our expectant mothers to understand the changes there. It was a good visit and we will share some photos and videos of that visit to respond to the community's concerns there.

We want to continue to inform the community that the best way to reduce your risk to infection includes frequent hand washing with soap and hot water. You can reduce getting others sick by covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and remaining at home if you are sick.

Do not travel to affected areas and the Lombardy region. Details on official and unofficial travel for service members, DoD civilians and contractors is coming. Bottom line: do not travel to affected areas, Do not travel to the Lombardy region. Family members are highly encouraged to follow the rules of their service member. Service members should contact their chain of command for specific guidance. Guidelines have been provided.

​Feb. 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

Here are the five top questions we are receiving from our General Service (GS), Civilian, and Local National (LN) workforce:

Q1. Can employees telework?

A1/US. Yes, if employee is eligible for telework. Supervisors should ensure eligible employees are telework ready. If the installation or a facility is closed, employees who are telework eligible are required to telework.

A1/LN. No, at this time telework is not available for local national employees in Italy.

Q2. The USAG Italy has closed a facility - do the employees working at that facility report for duty?

A2/US. Yes, if there is work for the employee to perform. If no work is available, employee may be granted weather/safety administrative leave until the facility reopens or the supervisor has work for the employee. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor to determine their status.

A2/LN. Yes, if there is work for the employee to perform. If no work is available, employees may be granted excused absence until the facility reopens or the supervisor has work for the employee. The excused absence may exceed the 3 consecutive days as outlined in COE Article 22 paragraph 7
based on the Garrison Commander's decision to curtail services. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor to determine their status.

Q3. Employee resides in an area where the local government has restricted travel. Employee is unable to leave residence to report for duty. What is his/her status?

A3/US. Employee may be granted Weather/Safety Administrative Leave until restriction is lifted.

A3/LN. Employee may be excused from work without charge to leave or loss of pay until restriction is lifted.

Q4. Employee is asymptomatic, and is requesting leave due to fear of contracting virus. What leave is authorized?

A4/US. Liberal leave has been authorized. Neither sick leave nor weather/safety administrative leave are authorized in this situation. Employee may take any appropriate leave (i.e. annual leave, comp-time earned, travel comp-time, etc.) or request other work place flexibilities such as alternate work schedule or telework if eligible.

A4/LN. Liberal leave has been authorized. Employee may request annual leave. Excused absence is not authorized in this situation.

Q5. Due to the closure of the schools and CYS/CDC, I do not have childcare. Am I entitled to admin leave?

A5/US. No, an employee is not entitled to admin leave in this situation. Liberal leave has been authorized and supervisors should use all work place flexibilities such as alternate work schedules, flex time, telework to assist employees where possible during this time.

A5/LN. No, an employee is not entitled to an excused absence in this situation. Supervisors should allow for liberal leave, use of permessi and/or LWOP in accordance with the COE.

For any questions, call:
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) GS, 0444-71-5024

CPAC LN, 0444-71-5040

​Feb. 25, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

The U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza now has a phone tree line specifically for COVID-19 calls nested within the clinic's Call Center Appointment Line at DSN: 314-636-9000 (on post) or +39-0444-61-9000 (off post).

If you have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or returned from China in the past 14 days, press #7.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as a cough, the chills, or congestion and have questions about what to do, please press #1 to access the 24-hour nurse advice line.

​Feb. 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

The garrison is positioning itself to adjust as the situationchanges around Italy. We will restore services with careful consideration ofthe surrounding environment and the recommendations of our host nationpartners. As of this update, there are zero confirmed cases within the city ofVicenza, the Vicenza, Darby, or Ghedi military communities.

  • Closure extended. All Vicenza Military Community (VMC) DODEA schools and activities, CDC, and CYS activities from Monday through Friday, Feb. 24-28.
  • Closure extended. The fitness centers on Ederle and Del Din, AAFES post theater and chapel worship services from Monday through Monday, Feb. 24-March 1.
  • The Army Health Clinic Vicenza is open will full services.
  • The commissary will operate at normal operating hours Tues. Feb. 25. Trucks arrived today for restock. After a record day on Sunday, only freshmeat was sold out. The commissary has back-up option in the frozen section near the bakery grab and go. Meat there is flash frozen and lasts up to six months. There is a supply on hand.
  • AAFES is not reporting any shortages. The manager has requested hand sanitizer and other disinfecting products. All trucks are expected to deliver as scheduled.
  • The VMC Community Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Feb. 27 is cancelled. The chapel is looking to reschedule at a later date.
  • Garrison fingerprinting services will be closed from Tuesday, 25 February until Tuesday, 3 March.
  • Following ACS programs have been cancelled: All play groups; Let's Move (Feb. 25); One Plate at a Time (Feb. 27); AER Kickoff (Feb. 27).
  • The Thrift Store will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 25-26.
  • Saturday's community clean up in Isola Vicentina is cancelled. It will be rescheduled.

​Feb. 24, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

As a precautionary measure USAG Italy will close all Vicenza Military Community (VMC) DODEA schools and activities, CDC, and CYS activities, fitness centers on Ederle and Del Din, AAFES post theater and chapel worship services from Monday through Wednesday, Feb 24-26. These actions are in response to a potential ongoing community transmission of the virus within the Veneto Region of Northern Italy and are aligned with our Host Nation's actions to protect our communities.

In addition, personnel are directed to limit any non-essential travel within following areas:

  • The Comune di Vo' Euganeo
  • Lombardy Region

As of 4 p.m., Feb. 23, there are zero confirmed cases within the city of Vicenza, the Vicenza Military Community, Darby Military Community, or Ghedi Military Community. As of 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2020, there are 17 cases of the Coronavirus in the Italian Veneto Region, and a total of 79 confirmed cases in Italy.

As a precaution, we recommend you to stay close to home, minimizing interactions with crowds including malls, movie theaters, and restaurants. Practice frequent hand washing with warm water and soap.

In addition, personnel are directed to limit any non-essential travel within following areas:

  • The Comune di Vo' Euganeo
  • Lombardy Region

As a precaution, we recommend you to stay close to home, minimizing interactions with crowds including malls, movie theaters, and restaurants. Practice frequent good hand washing with warm water and soap.

If you:
1. Had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of the Coronavirus OR traveled to China, AND
2. Are experiencing a cough, AND
3. Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), STAY HOME, do not go to the hospital, and call 118.

If you do not feel well or are only running a fever, please call your health care provider.