Every year, everyone looks forward to a short break from all the noise and stress from work and school. Spring break is the time for relaxation and the perfect time for a quick getaway. Spring break is just around the corner and travel is picking up once again. However, there are COVID-19 guidelines to follow, and it is our duty to practice them. There are many do’s and don’ts for traveling in 2021 that will keep yourself and others safe during the pandemic.
The Do’s for safe and responsible travel include many things. First and most importantly, have fun! Now is the time for an escape from all of your worries and simply enjoy yourself. Plan the trip that will make you happy and accommodate your relaxation needs.
In addition to having fun, it is essential that you still pay attention to the COVID guidelines provided by the CDC. This means that you still have to social distance and wear your mask. Do make sure that this social distance is maintained at 6 feet. Also, be sure that your mask covers your nose and your mouth in order to protect yourself and others. Be certain to wash your hands often for at least twenty seconds. On top of that, avoid touching your face, being in crowds and poorly ventilated areas. According to the CDC, “Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.” Lastly, add the COVID-19 vaccine to your “to-do” list once it is available to you.
To follow the Do’s, there are the Don’ts, which are equally important. Don’t attend big events or parties. Furthermore, do not travel to a destination that would make it extremely difficult to be socially distanced. Avoid restaurants with only indoor dining. For safe transportation to your destination, do not use crowded public transportation such as busses, planes, or trains. Instead, drive to your destination with your fellow passengers, if any.
Most importantly, don’t ignore the COVID guidelines. Just because you are on a vacation does not mean you are on a vacation from the pandemic as well. It is essential that you follow these Do’s and Don’ts to have a reasonably safe and relaxing vacation.