Mid-December of 2021 masks and face coverings were recommended for shopping at the on-base Commissaries. The update occurred to maintain and align with local recommendations for mask-wearing. This has been met with confusion and frustration.
If it hasn’t been clear in the last two years, there have been varied adoptions of mask-wearing policy across the United States. Some states require mask-wearing, and some states don’t. For the holidays, some states like California required mask-wearing indoor and outdoor for a month coinciding with an increase in travel. With some states not requiring mask-wearing indoors, it has added an extra layer of confusion for those going on base to shop.
Federal properties require mask-wearing. Government buildings and the military exchanges have required mask-wearing on base to shop or enter. The commissary’s updated recommendation to wear a mask and align with local authorities has added confusion for those who don’t understand if they can wear a mask or not. Employees of the commissary are wearing masks, vaccinated or not.
Each state has varied on mask-wearing. If your local state has a mandate for mask-wearing indoor, it would make sense to continue mask-wearing while shopping at the local commissary. If there is no mask-wearing required at your base or commissary, then you can choose to wear a mask as desired.
Grocery Pick Up
If you don’t agree with mask-wearing inside, and there is a mandate in your local area, you can choose to do grocery pick up. There is no requirement to mask up when social distancing can be done outdoors, where grocery pick-up occurs. The grocery pick-up of click and go is without additional charge and can be easily planned and done from the comfort of your home before arriving at the commissary. Avoid all lines and waiting by picking what you need for groceries and letting someone else shop for you.