Face Masks for Workers in Commissaries
The Department of Defense and the Defense Commissary Agency issued guidance on April 5 and April 9, 2020, requiring the use of face coverings for all employees and patrons entering commissaries (DeCA NTT 20-52). The DoD Office of General Counsel has determined that DoD may procure and provide cloth face coverings to contractors that perform in DoD furnished facilities who are in proximity to DoD personnel, if available, because doing so will reduce risk of exposure of others to the virus. Also, the Department of Defense issued further guidance on face coverings and protective equipment on April 8, 2020 and April 13, 2020 ( Supplement 7 and Supplement 8).
Contractors are expected to bring their own face coverings. DeCA advises that masks are on order and the date for arrival at stores is uncertain. When masks are available in the commissaries, contractors will be able to access the Government supplied masks as a secondary source.