USACE Announces Updated Mask Guidance for all DoD Installations and Other Facilities

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
Published July 30, 2021
Cub Scouts at Grapevine Lake

FLOWER MOUND, Texas (Nov. 7, 2020) Park Ranger Ami Watkins demonstrates the proper fit of a life jacket during water safety education with Cub Scout Pack 134, Webelo Den 5 out of Haslet, Texas, part of the Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council, at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District Grapevine Lake’s Murrell Park. The scouts visited Grapevine Lake as part of a group conservation project, which included a garden clean up, education on pollinator gardens and the planting of seeds from native Texas plants, as well as water safety activities all with Fort Worth District staff members. U.S. Army photo by Trevor Welsh.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District continues to take measures to assist public health efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect USACE employees and visitors.

“The life safety, health, and well-being of visitors to our district facilities, our personnel, and the communities we serve are our top priority,” said Col. Jonathan S. Stover, USACE Fort Worth District commander. “Our best defense for mitigating the spread of the virus and ensuring the safety of our personnel and our visitors is to provide the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.”

The Department of Defense on July 28, 2021 issued in accordance with updated official guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a change in guidance on ‘Interim Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.’

  • In areas of substantial or high community transmission, DoD requires all Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by DoD 
  • Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employee, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated also need to continue to physically distance consistent with applicable CDC and DoD Force Health Protection guidance
  • DoD installations, other facilities, and worksites shall as soon as possible, post signs and post information on their websites clarifying what masking requirements apply in each installation, other facility, and worksites
  • Organizations should consult with their servicing Labor Relations Office for guidance regarding implementation for bargaining unit employees

CDC guidance and definitions of low, moderate, substantial, and high spread can be found at:

Data on levels of community transmission can be found at the CDC COVID Data Tracker website:

Visit the Fort Worth District Web site at: and social media at:

Rhonda Paige

Release no. 21-041