Fort Hood: New COVID-19 general orders for soldiers

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Published: May. 15, 2020 at 4:47 PM CDT
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Fort Hood has released new general orders for soldiers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among some of the changes include directions for on and off post travel, curfew and physical activity.

Part of the order posted by Fort Hood:

b. Curfew. All 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.

To assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19, civilian family members residing with a Soldier are encouraged to abide by this curfew.

c. Visitation. 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.

d. Travel. Soldiers may travel outside of curfew hours only to support mission functions, the activities of daily living, or visitation in accordance with paragraph 3.c.

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.

e. Physical Fitness. Outside of unit activities, Soldiers are authorized to perform individual or buddy team physical fitness training and will not congregate in groups of more than 10 personnel. Personnel will wear gloves, or immediately wash hands after touching common items (pull-up bars, dip bars, etc.).

4. HYGIENE. When available, all personnel will wash their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizing gel upon entering common on-post areas, such as the PX, commissary, Dinning Facility, etc. In the work area, all personnel will disinfect high contact areas, such as desks, light switches and door handles, no less than twice daily.

5. FACE COVERINGS. 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.

6. QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION. Soldiers are required to adhere to the directives of medical personnel and commanders regarding an Order into Quarantine or Isolation.

7. INDIVIDUAL DUTY. Persons subject to this General Order have the individual duty to know and understand the prohibitions contained herein. They have a further duty to become familiar with and respect the laws and orders of the State of Texas and directives of local authorities regarding COVID-19 prevention. This General Order is punitive. Any violation of this General Order may result in prosecution under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice or other adverse administrative action.

8. WAIVERS AND ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS. Requests for waivers of any provision of this General Order must be submitted by the endorsing commander, through the chain of command to me for decision. Subordinate commanders may impose additional restrictions consistent with this General Order if necessary for good order and discipline. Any additional restrictions imposed by a commander will be forwarded to the Ill Corps Chief of Staff.

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

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