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Okinawa governor to ask USFJ to keep mask mandate in place both on and off base

  • March 18, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the finding that the USFJ lifted its mask mandate inside U.S. bases on March 14 in line with CDC guidelines. The Okinawa prefectural government reportedly convened a meeting on measures against the new coronavirus on Thursday and discussed the infection situation in the prefecture as well as the lifting of the mask mandate by the USFJ. Governor Tamaki reportedly told the press on Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak in the prefecture “has not been brought under control” and said he will ask the USFJ to continue to keep the mask mandate in place both on and off base. Tamaki also reportedly said: “We can’t say the outbreak has been completely brought under control within U.S. bases. A subvariant of Omicron has been confirmed in the prefecture, and the infection situation remains unpredictable.” Meanwhile, the daily wrote that MOFA asked the USFJ headquarters on Monday to continue recommending that U.S. service members and base employees wear masks.


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