Fort Hood deputy commander issues updated COVID-19 general order

Fort Hood’s deputy commander has issued an updated general order governing the conduct of troops amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (File)

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Maj. Gen Scott L. Efflandt, Fort Hood’s deputy commander has issued an updated general order governing the conduct of troops amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order establishes a curfew, requires face coverings in some instances and sets limits on personal travel.

Soldiers must remain in their normal residences between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., except in cases involving travel related to official duties or to obtain emergency medical care for themselves or a family member living with them.

The curfew applies to barracks, on-post family housing, and off-post private residences.

Civilian family members are encouraged to observe the curfew, as well.

Soldiers may entertain visitors as long as the total number doesn’t exceed 10 and such measures as face coverings, frequent hand-washing and social distancing are practiced.

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

“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,” the order says.

Travel is limited to a 40-mile radius of Fort Hood except when a soldier’s normal residence is outside that radius.

Fitness training is permitted, but in groups no larger than 10.

Regular hand-washing is required, and face coverings should be worn on any Department of Defense property when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

The requirement doesn’t apply to those living in a soldier’s personal residence, but it does apply to such facilities as AAFES stores and commissaries and the Copeland Center.