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Summer Vacation In The Days Of COVID: Tips To Stay Safe

As the Summer days are upon us, many families who already planned their vacations are probably wondering whether it is safe to travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of the states have reopened however COVID-19 cases continue to rise in some areas.

While there are still many restrictions on international travel, you can still travel within the US borders.

It’s been a long and hard few months and I think by now, we shouldn’t feel guilty about having a bit of fun – but safely!

Here are a few tips to consider for a safe family vacation during this pandemic:

• Check the travel restrictions and quarantine rules for your destination. Some states require visitors to stay inside for two weeks upon arrival.
• Check the amount of active COVID cases and hospitalizations rates in the area. Look for a steady decline over at least two weeks.
• If you’re visiting family, conduct your own risk assessment. Ask yourself: Is anyone in your group or the one you’re visiting high risk? Has anyone been going out in large groups?
• Know the rules in the state and town that you live. If you’ll need to quarantine when you return, are you able to miss work or work remotely?
• If you’re flying, check the airline policies beforehand. Also choose an airline with precautionary measures you’re comfortable with. Wear your mask for the entire flight.
• If you’re taking a road trip, pack enough hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant wipes as well as paper towels. At rest stops, touch as little as possible. For things that you absolutely must touch, like door handles and faucets, use a paper towel and get rid of it before you get back into your car. Always wear a mask at gas stations and rest stops.

Over and above these tips, remember to practice social distancing with people outside your household and don’t travel or leave your home if you have any symptoms.

Last but not least, have fun!

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