The U.S. Army announced late March 24 that the Health Protection Condition level for all installations, including Fort Knox, is being raised to CHARLIE as part of maintaining operational readiness around the world and to protect the force.
Read the announcement here: https://www.army.mil/article/233962.
Only service members and Army civilian employees deemed mission essential to providing direct support to COVID-19 operations — life, health and safety of personnel and installations — as well as tasks necessary to ensure continuity of operations, will continue to perform duties at their place of duty, as directed.
All other military personnel are being directed to telework. When not at work performing mission essential duties, military personnel will follow all published guidance from their chains of command or supervisor.
Non-mission essential civilian employees who are telework eligible will telework. Those not telework eligible will be placed on weather/safety leave and are prohibited from entering their place of duty until notified otherwise. Weather/safety leave is not to be used while a civilian employee is in a different leave status (e.g., sick, annual or leave without pay).
Fort Knox and mission partner leaders acknowledge there are questions regarding who will be authorized installation access and which additional services stand to be impacted. At this time, the post’s three primary entrance gates remain open, and all who are normally authorized installation access can continue to enter Fort Knox.
Teams across post are working in earnest to provide greater clarity, and additional details will be published at the Fort Knox COVID-19 webpage here as soon as they become available. Everyone’s patience is appreciated. In the meantime, members of the workforce with questions should continue to contact their chain of command or supervisor.
Level CHARLIE measures are as follows:
· In addition to continuing to take all previous actions listed in levels ROUTINE, ALPHA and BRAVO ...
o Expect cancellation of in-person gatherings (e.g., schools, daycare, all community activities) and restricted ability to travel
o Plan activities for family members, especially children, in case you are restricted to your home for prolonged periods of time.
o Prepare for the potential of limited access to supplies and services, including severely restricted access to military installations.
o Implement remote work procedures as directed by your employer.
o If outside the United States, authorized or ordered departure actions may be implemented.