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Fort Hood issues updated COVID-19 general order

Fort Hood
Posted at 6:47 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 19:47:37-04

FORT HOOD, TX — Fort Hood has announced new details concerning curfew changes, travel restrictions, family & friend visitation, gym availability and more.

The order applies to all individuals, on or off duty, subject to military orders who are stationed, assigned, and/or attached to units on the Fort Hood Installation.

This order supersedes the general order dated 3 April and is in effect starting May 14.

Soldiers are ordered to be at and remain inside their normal place of residence between the hours of 2300 and 0500.

This curfew applies to Soldiers living in barracks, on-post family housing, and off-post private residences. Normal place of residence is defined as the location where the Soldier resides during the work week.

The only authorized exceptions to the curfew are travel related to official duties, or to obtain emergency medical care for themselves or a family member residing with them.

Civilian family members residing with a Soldier are also encouraged to abide by this curfew.

Soldiers may receive visitors into their residences, or visit others, so long as the total number of persons in the residence does not exceed 10 and appropriate mitigation measures are taken such as face coverings, washing hands, and physical distancing practices.

Visitors are defined as any person who does not normally reside in the normal place of residence of the Soldier. To assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19, civilian family members residing with a Soldier are encouraged to abide by this restriction.

All individuals on DOD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of physical distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include within Service members' or family members' personal residence on a military installation).

Individuals will comply with face covering requirements when entering installation facilities, e.g. AAFES stores and commissaries or the Copeland Center.

Service members will not wear masks that have printed wording, profanity, racist, demeaning or derogatory logos, script or imagery.

Service members will not attempt to cut up clothing materials such as army combat uniforms to use for face masks as these may have been treated with chemicals.

Soldiers may travel outside of curfew hours only to support mission functions, the activities of daily living, or visitation.

Such daily activities include any place of business operating in accordance with executive orders of the Governor of Texas, visiting parks, and hunting or fishing, so long as proper physical distancing precautions are followed to minimize contact with people who are not members of their household.

Groups will not exceed 10 personnel.

Soldiers may not travel outside of a 40 mile radius from the Fort Hood Installation except where the Soldier's normal place of residence is outside of the 40 mile radius.

Soldiers residing outside of the 40 mile radius may travel to and from their normal place of residence for mission essential travel or daily activities. All other travel is prohibited.

This General Order is effective immediately. It will remain in effect until rescinded by competent authority.

View the order here.