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COVID-19 precautions and changes on Fort Carson

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 19:50:34-05

FORT CARSON — On Tuesday, Fort Carson officials gave an update on COVID-19 measures and conditions. Back in October, Governor Jared Polis extended a statewide mask order through Nov. 12.

In a Facebook video, Col. Nate Springer, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, said that an order has been signed by Major General McFarlane requiring service members must wear masks at all times. This includes:

  • While entering or moving within any indoor space at a public or military facility on and off Fort Carson.
  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth and must remain on at all times.
  • Service members will wear masks outside for all duty and non-duty related activities when unable to maintain 6 feet of physical distance or 12 feet of physical distance while running.
  • Service members must wear a mask when traveling with others not of the same home, in any vehicle, including personal and non-tactical vehicles.
  • Masks are required for all individuals over the age of 5 who cannot socially distance while on Fort Carson.
  • Masks are not required for individuals who can’t medically tolerate a mask; service members must have a documented profile issued by a military medical provider.

Increased Health Protection Condition Measures:

  • Personal gatherings on the post are limited to 10 people, while personal off-post gatherings are limited to 10 people from no more than two households.
  • Indoor events are limited to 100 people. Outdoor events are limited to 175 people.
  • Exchange, Commissary, Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH), 4ID HQs, etc., patrons must wear a cloth face mask and sanitize hands prior to entry.
  • Religious services are being conducted in the chapels with social distancing, masks and limited attendance. They will continue to operate at 50% capacity or 50 personnel in each facility

Facility and Service Closures or Reduction:

  • All gates and the Visitor Control Centers (VCC) at gates 1 and 3 remain open. Gates 2, 6 and 19 closed on weekends and federal and training holidays
  • All Child Development Centers (CDC) and School Age Centers (SAC) are open and are accepting enrollment for new Families.
  • Commissary and Exchange remain open. Cloth face coverings required at the Commissary and all AAFES facilities; however, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Post playgrounds are open; follow posted precautions at each site along with best social distancing and hygiene practices.
  • Food and grocery delivery will continue as usual. Delivery drivers will utilize the Gate 3 VCC.

Col. Nate Springer that travels is not recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that if you do plan to travel, check with chain of command prior to purchasing tickets because each state has different guidelines. For more information on travel, click here.

For a complete list of COVID-19 information for Fort Carson, click here.

As a reminder, El Paso County is now at the Safer at Home: Level 2 on the state's COVID-19 dial. With the new level, capacity limits are the biggest changes the county will see:

For more information in regards to the COVID-19 Dial, head to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Safety website.