New guidance from DOD says that any approved travel must begin with a risk assessment by all members of the traveling party, including whether they have exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms or been in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, Military.com reported.

Families planning permanent change-of-station travel will only be reimbursed if they follow the new guidelines. If the assessment determines the family is at risk of infection, the trip will be postponed.

Those traveling outside the U.S. or between non-U.S. countries must quarantine and self-monitor their health for 14 days. Those traveling within the U.S. are not subject to a 14-day restriction of movement but should follow existing health guidance, DOD leaders said.

Other department-wide precautions remain in place, including mandatory face coverings, social distancing and frequent handwashing.

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