Traveling During the Holidays

Submitted by cchern on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 15:57
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As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the nation, we will have to make some tough decisions about the way we are celebrating the holiday’s and how this year will look in comparison to previous years. We are responsible for choosing how to safely celebrate during the holidays.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges everyone to stay home this holiday season to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19.

We want to remind everyone about the importance of wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance this holiday season. That is why we are promoting a very important and simple task for communities across the country. #HolidayAskWearAMask. By wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance, together we can help make the holidays safer for everyone.

Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.

We encourage families to celebrate virtually or with the people you live with as the safest choice this holiday season.

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If you are considering traveling for the holidays, here are some important questions to ask yourself and your loved ones beforehand. These questions can help you decide what is best for you and your family.

  • Are you, someone in your household, or someone you will be visiting at increased risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
  • Are cases high or increasing in your community or your destination? Check CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest number of cases.
  • Are hospitals in your community or your destination overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19? To find out, check state and local public health department websites.
  • Does your home or destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Check state and local requirements before you travel.
  • During the 14 days before your travel, have you or those you are visiting had close contact with people they don’t live with?
  • Do your plans include traveling by bus, train, or air which might make staying 6 feet apart difficult?
  • Are you traveling with people who don’t live with you?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you should consider making other plans, such as hosting a virtual gathering or delaying your travel.

It’s important to talk with the people you live with and your family and friends about the risks of traveling for the holidays.

As important as it is for everyone to stay home for the holidays, we know some will still decide to travel. Before travelers’ chance being exposed to the virus, it’s important to talk your housemates, family, and friends about the risks of traveling for the holidays.

If you do decide to travel, following these tips:

  • Check travel restrictions before you go.
  • Get your flu shot before you travel.
  • Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people who you don’t live with.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who does not live with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Know when to delay your travel.

While this holiday season will be different for communities across the country given the impacts of COVID-19, we can still enjoy time with family and friends while celebrating safely. Visit cdc.gov for more tips on COVID-19 and holiday safety.

And don’t forget as a #HolidayAskWearAMask!