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Department of Defense updates travel restrictions

Travel restrictions

A North American Airlines flight taxis before departing for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as part of a contracted flight with servicemembers on official travel. The Department of Defense has implemented measures restricting domestic travel for U.S. servicemembers due to the COVID-19 virus. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stefanie Torres)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved an extension to the stop movement order April 20, 2020 that will remain effective through June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

While the Defense Department acknowledges that this order will have a substantial impact on service members and their families who are looking to proceed with their lives, the rapidly changing environment has created significant risks to service members that officials are trying to mitigate. The decision was made in order to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of the force.

The Department now has procedures in place to allow for additional waivers and the resumption of travel for several categories of travelers that were previously suspended, including deployments.

The guidance can be found here and helpful information can be found here. An infographic on the updates can be found here.