Motorists entering Fort Knox will find a minor change in identification card processing instituted as a precaution against the transmission of COVID-19.

Guards began asking drivers last week to gather all necessary ID cards from passengers and hold them against the car window for scanning. The guard will use a hand scanner to collect the information.

“We’re no longer going to touch ID cards for now,” Fort Knox Police Chief Michael Doggett said.

Single occupancy motorists can drive up to the pedestal just before the guard booth and scan their ID card barcode under the red beam.

Another change to gate procedures affects only the Brandenburg Gate. Beginning Monday, the gate’s outbound traffic hours from 3 to 6 p.m. weekday will be discontinued temporarily.

“That’s resource intensive and we’re trying to focus our resources where we need them most,” Doggett said in a news release from the post. “A lot of units and organizations are now doing telework, so there are fewer cars going through the gates.”

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