NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Naval Shipyard has announced that face masks will be required on the installation starting Tuesday.
NNSY said any personnel not wearing a mask, or having a mask with them in private vehicles as they enter the installation, will be denied access. NNSY Detachments will implement similar restrictions.
Officials said, "Protection of the health of our employees, their families, and the community is of the utmost importance. To that end, NNSY has determined that expanded use of face coverings/cloth masks will enhance practices like physical distancing in minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Today the Command will implement the COVID-19 preventative practice that all personnel wear a mask at work unless alone in their cubicle/workstation, office, or immediate work area. Masks must be donned anytime an employee leaves their workspace and when driving or riding in a government vehicle even if you are alone."
Officials added that use of a mask does not negate the requirement of six feet of physical distancing.
Supervisors who have employees returning to work after an extended absence will need to inform them of this policy and provide them with a mask if they do not have one.