Labor Day is coming up and traditionally that’s been a time for the family to pack up and get away for some well-earned rest and relaxation.
But many are wondering: Is it safe to travel when there’s a risk of getting COVID-19 or of spreading the virus?
On August 17th, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm addressed those concerns. The Minnesota Department of Health understands the need for people to get out and enjoy summer, and is not issuing any travel restrictions. But she urged Minnesotans to be mindful of their safety and the safety of others.
The Centers for Disease Control has posted travel guidelines on its website.
Before travel, you should find out if COVID-19 is spreading at your destination. Also, your destination may be subject to restrictions issued by state, local or tribal governments. That may include a requirement that those who’ve traveled in the past 14 days self-quarantine.
Going by car avoids some of the pitfalls of public transportation—that of maintaining social distance on a crowded plane or bus. Yet, you’ll have to exercise caution at gas stations and restaurants. Mask up. Maintain social distance. Sanitize surfaces when possible. Wash hands. And avoid touching your face.
You may want to want to pack your own food to avoid restaurants altogether. For overnighters, the CDC website offers guidelines for sanitizing hotel rooms.
After your trip, the CDC suggests self-quarantining for fourteen days.
Remember, any form of travel that puts you in contact with others increases the odds of infection. So people at high risk might consider finding their well-earned rest and relaxation in the comforts of home.