Hey shipmate, it’s time to get a haircut.

The Navy announced this week that “the authority granted to commanding officers to optionally relax hair grooming standards is rescinded,” according to a Naval administrative message. The policy change takes effect immediately.

In March 2020, the Navy issued guidance permitting commanders to relax grooming standards in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and adhere to proper social distancing guidelines.

“Good judgement of leaders at all levels of the chain of command is required to ensure all possible COVID-19 force health protection precautions are being taken,” the Navy said in the March 2020 NAVADMIN.

The relaxed grooming standards did not apply to facial hair or sideburns and could not interfere with protective personal equipment like helmets and masks, according to the service.

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