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Updated travel restrictions

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Monday an extension to the stop move order through June 30, to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Under the new guidance, some exemptions have been granted and the waiver system for exceptions to policy are explained.

The April 20 memorandum states the policy will undergo review every 15 days to determine if travel can commence earlier than the June 30 date set. For more information, go to:


The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area has been reopened for fishing, hiking and biking. BLORA personnel ask visitors to maintain social distancing and be aware of boats launching. Fishermen are asked to fish from the bank instead of the pier. BLORA is open with free access from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Sportsmen’s Center

The Sportsmen’s Center will be opened from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday for those wanting to obtain their hunting or fishing permits. For more information, call 254-532-4552.

Tax Center Closure

Due to social distancing measures, the Fort Hood Tax Center is closed due to COVID-19 until further notice.

While the tax season has been extended through July 15, Capt. Ryan Redd, Chief of the Fort Hood Clients Office, said the Tax Center’s future operation is still to be determined.

“The situation is dynamic and fluid. Despite the extended filing deadline, our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and the Fort Hood community,” Redd said.

“The initial decision was based on mission essential guidelines and social distancing requirements in place to combat the spread of COVID-19,” he added. “As of now, the Tax Center will be closed for the remainder of April and the command and health professionals will reassess the threat and determine the status of the Tax Center for May.”