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IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL YET?

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL YET?

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL YET?

Cities across  the country are incrementally opening up, businesses are welcoming patrons and some people are going back to work. But what about traveling? Is it safe to fly, stay in a hotel, rent an AirBnB property? We are entering what are traditionally the heaviest travel months of the year, but experts urge caution and careful planning before venturing out for a vacation.

Here is some useful information and a few handy tips:

  • The COVID-19 virus is still quite active in the country. You want to check your destination before you make final travel plans, to determine if it is safe to go there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains an updated section on its website for travelers. The site includes a data tracker that shows you exactly how prevalent the virus is in each state. There are also useful travel suggestions and precautions worth reading before you go on your trip.
  • The good news is that if you are traveling by air, most airlines have put new deep cleaning protocols in effect for all airplanes. The good news is that most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is often not possible if your flight is sold out. Check with the airline before you go to find out if masks are required. If everyone on the plane must wear a mask, your risk of contracting the virus is vastly decreased. Check out our recent post about what to expect at the airport.
  • Some tourist attractions in various cities are still not open. Before you finalize your plans, check out the websites of your desired attractions to determine if it is open and what types of restrictions are in place because of the virus. For example, Disney World plans a phased re-opening beginning July 11. The website offers a full plan for its reopening steps.
  • Although many hotels and rental properties are working hard to keep their accommodations safe and clean, some people may prefer to do some cleaning themselves. The CDC offers useful tips for travelers on cleaning everything from surfaces to electronics.
  • You may want to work a bit harder than usual in choosing a hotel. National Geographic recently wrote about staying in hotels during the pandemic: “Hotels that take better care of their employees (by providing them with personal protective equipment and paid sick leave) are more likely to take better care of you. Check the website of any hotel you’re considering to determine how they’re responding to COVID-19. Many U.S. hotels are following the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s new Safe Stay guidelines.

Speaking of National Geographic, they recently conducted a poll with some interesting results: Just two percent of the respondents said they would get on a plane right now, and 10 percent said they would consider it later this summer. Be careful out there!

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