Fort Hood is slowly opening back up after COVID-19 caused several facilities to close their doors.
Several Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation facilities have opened up this week – Leisure Travel Services, Casey Memorial Library and the Apache Arts and Crafts Center.
Leisure Travel Services reopened Monday, making it the first of the three facilities to reopen.
Judi Bellamy, Leisure Travel Services office manager, was excited to be open again after being gone since the end of March.
“It feels great. We’re glad to be back,” Bellamy said of how it feels to resume business.
They have some safety measures in place to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“(Customers) have to wear a mask,” Bellamy stated. “We only want two patrons in the office, because we don’t have that much space in here. Then we’re only using one door.”
Bellamy is ready to serve Soldiers and their families again after a long hiatus so things can return to normal.
“We want to be there for them, for the Soldiers, so that they can … get out, do the fun stuff again. We do have some tickets that require reservations now and we ask that everyone checks the place that they want to go’s website to ensure that their rules and regulations and policies (haven’t changed),” Bellamy said. “Read up on it before they come because there’s no refunds, no exchanges on their tickets that we have here in the office.”
Operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. For more information, call the Leisure Travel Services office at 254-287-7310.
Casey Memorial Library opened its doors 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Amy Roumell, library director, said it feels wonderful to be open again after being closed down for over two months.
They, like the other facilities on post, have also implemented several safety measures to keep themselves and their patrons safe.
“Masks are required. The computer numbers are limited. We’re down to about 25 available computers right now,” Roumell stated. “For checking things in and out, the patrons will scan their own cards. Rather than us taking their cards, they’ll scan their own cards and then lots of extra cleaning. We still are not operating in person programs at this point. We’re also limited to 50% of our occupancy.”
Though they are not doing in person programs, they are still putting on their summer reading program which can be done remotely.
“We still will be having our summer reading program, they can register and start logging their books on July 1,” Roumell said. “They can just come and pick up their prizes. As they earn them they, can come and pick them up.”
Their operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call the library at 254-287-4921.
Apache Arts and Crafts Center was the third facility to reopen this week, opening its doors Wednesday morning. Their operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday. For more information call 254-287-0343.
Other facilities opening this week include Sprocket Auto Crafts and Samuel Adams Brewhouse, which will reopen today at noon and 4:30 p.m., respectively. The Recreation Equipment Checkout Center will reopen at 10 a.m. Friday.
For more information about opening and closures, visit the DFMWR website at https://hood.armymwr.com.