Feb 27, 2021 12:42 AM

Fort Riley modifies some COVID-19 restrictions

Posted Feb 27, 2021 12:42 AM

Major General D. A. Sims said Friday that the prevalence and transmission of the coronavirus has declined in the local area. He stated in an online post that after careful consultation with disease experts, professional analysts and community leaders, he  has updated the COVID-19 Order for Fort Riley.

Service members will still be required to wear a mask in any public space or facility, both in and outdoors, on and off the installation.

The 150-mile travel radius and curfew have been rescinded. 

Service members are permitted to dine-in at restaurants and bars including those in Aggieville in Manhattan between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Service members will masks in restaurants and bars unless actively eating or drinking. That includes entering and exiting the facility, sitting at tables and bar tops, using the restroom and during all movement in and around the establishment. 

Soldiers are authorized to use off-post gym facilities. They will wear masks while in off-post gyms, even if not required by the individual gym's policy.

The in-home visitor limit has increased from six people up to 10 people while the barracks room visitor limit has from one person up to three people.

Service members will incur a 14-day quarantine when returning from a high risk area as defined by the Centers for Disease Control or the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. 

Sims added that the Fort Riley community has done an excellent job of adapting to changes in day-to-day life, coping with hardship and protecting those who call the Flint Hills home, and there has been a decline in the prevalence and transmission of the virus due to their diligence, discipline and responsibility.

The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general said it's important to remember the virus has not disappeared and there are possibilities of increased spread from new variants if we let our guard down.  Each of the changes is contingent on the continued discipline of Fort Riley Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members, and the virus's impact on the local area. As conditions change, we will modify restrictions and mitigation measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.