Troops and their households primarily based in most states throughout the nation have been given the OK to renew common journey, apart from these in Florida and California, which proceed to see troubling rises in coronavirus circumstances.
Ten extra states have met the standards to raise the journey restrictions the Pentagon set in place in March, protection officers introduced on Monday. That permits extra service members and their households to renew not solely leisure journey, but in addition everlasting change-of-station strikes.
Troops primarily based in Guam, Puerto Rico and South Korea are additionally allowed to journey, with approval from their native commanders.
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Locations should meet a sequence of standards to see earlier journey bans lifted. Those standards embrace no shelter-in-place orders; a two-week downward pattern in COVID-19 signs; and a 14-day decline in new circumstances.
The two states the place journey stays restricted for service members — Florida and California — have not too long ago reported will increase in coronavirus circumstances. As of this weekend, Florida’s circumstances had been up fivefold in two weeks, and California has seen a report variety of circumstances in current days. Plans for reopening each states at the moment are in flux.
Waivers will nonetheless be thought of for mission-essential journey, emergencies and a few PCS strikes. Deployments may additionally resume for some models in areas which can be nonetheless seeing journey restrictions, although they’re being thought of on a case-by-case foundation.
Defense Department journey restrictions had been relaxed throughout a lot of the U.S. earlier this month. Travel was additionally allowed to renew for troops primarily based abroad in Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Local commanders can nonetheless restrict journey on the base degree, based on the Defense Department.
Pentagon officers in March introduced strict journey restrictions at the beginning of the worldwide pandemic. That halted many deployments, non permanent assignments and PCS strikes.
The ban was anticipated to be lifted on May 11, however was later prolonged to June 30.
Nearly 12,000 U.S. troops have examined optimistic for COVID-19, the sickness attributable to the coronavirus. About half of these troops have recovered. Three service members have died of COVID-19 and practically 300 have required hospitalization.
The U.S. is seeing a rise in COVID-19 circumstances this month. The sickness has contaminated greater than 2.6 million Americans, killing 128,000.
— Patricia Kime and Hope Hodge Seck contributed to this report.
— Gina Harkins could be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ginaaharkins.
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