Stay safe when you travel and Every Day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:
Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
Wear a cloth face mask.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover coughs and sneezes.
Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
Check local requirements and restrictions
Some state, local and territorial governments have requirements, such as requiring people to wear masks and requiring those who recently traveled to stay home for up to 14 days. Save yourself unpleasant surprises and delays by checking for restrictions at your destination and anywhere you might stop along the way.
State and local health department websites are your best resource. Keep in mind that restrictions can change rapidly depending on local conditions. Check back for updates as your trip gets closer.
While you’re in research mode, look up visitor information and hours for businesses, restaurants parks and other places you may want to visit during your stay. Many places are closed or have reduced hours of operation
You might notice these differences too:
TSA officers wearing masks and gloves, and practicing social distancing.
TSA officers changing gloves after each pat-down.
Plastic shields at document checking podium, bag search and drop off locations.
Fewer travelers and, as a result, fewer open screening lanes.
Also be aware that the TSA has made a number of changes to the screening process:
Travelers may wear masks during screening. However, TSA employees may ask travelers to adjust masks for identification purposes.
Instead of handing boarding passes to TSA officers, travelers should place passes (paper or electronic) directly on the scanner and then hold them up for inspection.
Each traveler may have one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces (about 350 milliliters) in a carry-on bag. These containers will need to be taken out for screening.
Food items should be transported in a plastic bag and placed in a bin for screening. Separating food from carry-on bags lessens the likelihood that screeners will need to open bags for inspection.
Personal items such as keys, wallets and phones should be placed in carry-on bags instead of bins. This reduces the handling of these items during screening.
Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds directly before and after going through screening.
Hotels and other lodging
The hotel industry recognizes that travelers are concerned about the coronavirus and safety. Check any major chain’s website for information about how it’s protecting guests and staff. Some best practices include:
Enhanced cleaning of public areas, elevators, guest rooms, as well as food preparation and laundry areas
Social distancing measures in the lobby, at the front desk and in parking areas
Masking of staff and guests
Focused employee training in the following:
Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
Use of personal protective equipment
Protocol in the event that a guest becomes ill, which should include temporarily closing the guest’s room for cleaning and disinfecting
For additional reassurance, call the hotel. Ask to be put in a room that has been vacant for at least 24 hours.
Vacation rental websites, too, are upping their game when it comes to cleaning. They’re highlighting their commitment to following public health guidelines, such as using masks and gloves when cleaning, and building in a waiting period between guests.
Once you arrive at your room or rental, disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, tables, desks, phones, remote controls and faucets. Wash plates, glasses, cups and silverware (other than prewrapped plastic items) before using.
Make a packing list
When it’s time to pack for your trip, grab any medicines you may need on your trip and don’t forget these essential safe-travel supplies:
Cloth face masks
Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol) for surfaces