There are no changes to German or Bavarian regulations following a meeting between Chancellor Merkel and the Minister Presidents of the German States. People are urged to continue following current COVID-19 restrictions to decrease the incidence rate and to prevent further measures in the future.
Bavaria and Germany announced this week a nationwide restriction on public activities in response to increased cases in Germany and Europe. This will go into effect Monday (2 November) and is expected to last through the entire month.
The measures put into place in the current Annex A remain in effect, and align to the host nation. The following is a summary of the host nation announcements, but are not exhaustive and we need our community members to keep themselves informed and check with their chains of command for future updates.
A translation of the latest ordinance may be found at the 7ATC COVID-19 Dashboard below and the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria websites:
Not knowing the Bavarian/German law, and the General Order, is not an excuse to prevent you from being fined, and it certainly won't help stop the spread of the virus.
Units will continue to train to build and maintain readiness, and continue to enforce protocols to ensure that training occurs safely. In alignment with the host nation, industries and business remain open but tele-work will be used to the maximum extent possible.
We need everyone on board to keep our formations and families healthy, our schools and services open, and set conditions for a safe holiday season.
Bavarian Minister President Markus Soeder has announced today that Bavaria will completely implement yesterday's federal states’ decisions regarding new COVID-19 restrictions effective November 2 and continuing through the end of the month. This includes: limiting group size to two households and a maximum of 10 people in private and public spaces, limiting unnecessary travel, closure of leisure facilities, and closure of restaurants and bars. Schools and essential services like medical, grocery or pharmacy will stay open.
This update brings all our communities in Bavaria to the same level of protective measures, commensurate with the number of cases across Bavaria as listed by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Commercial bus and rail is still restricted. No overnight travel is permitted. Make sure you're aware of host-nation and Bavarian ordinances, which can also be found below or the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach websites. As new announcements are made over the coming days based on current events, please ensure you are staying informed and checking with your chain of command.
There is a new General Order # 1F Annex A in effect for 7ATC units starting Oct. 22. Major changes from the previous version include:
Neustadt / Waldnaab county is Dark Red. This means both Tower and Rose Barracks are to follow the rules for Dark Red. Hohenfels is to follow the rules for Red, and Garmisch is to follow the rules for Yellow. Wash your hands, wear a mask, and watch your distance.
Local travel only. Travel within national borders is authorized for any purpose, but overnight stays outside a private home or assigned quarters are prohibited. When indicated, travel outside the specified radius is prohibited. Travel radius is: N/A.
MODE OF TRAVEL:
Travel is limited to POV only. This does not prevent use of post shuttles or school buses.
GROUPS AND SOCIALIZING:
Parties or social gatherings are only limited by Host Nation law. Guidance on applicable Host Nation law will be published at Tab 1 to this Annex.
Soldiers will not visit off-post bars, night clubs, dance clubs, or hookah lounges. Biergartens and restaurants that serve alcohol to seated patrons and enforce contact tracing and hygiene protocols are not prohibited.
- COVID Positive or Symptomatic (PUI)
- Confined to quarters or isolation facility
- Must maintain as much distance as possible from others in same quarters
- Requires unit life support
IMPACTS ON OTHER MEMBERS OF HOUSEHOLD:
If one member of the household is in Isolation, all other members are in quarantine.
No impacts on the rest of the household.*
*All individuals who PCSed or participated in high risk international travel must quarantine.
- Only mission essential staff reports in-person
- Maximize telework
- Children can attend school
- Can attend medical appointments
- Do not eat at restaurants, visit public spaces, or travel
- Further restrictions at O5 commander discretion
- “Unit” size is determined by O5 commander
No impacts on the rest of the household.
These restrictions may be higher than host nation restrictions. Both military and host nation restrictions apply.
The Re-Open EU Map is an information resource only. Germany only recognizes the RKI High Risk Country list to determine risk levels of other countries.