• Bethany Smith

Travel During the Pandemic

Before you travel, consider the following:

Is COVID-19 spreading at your destination? The more cases at your destination, the more likely you are to get infected during travel and spread the virus to others when you return. Be sure to check each State's cases in the last 7 days. Do you live with someone who might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19? Are you at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19? Does your destination have requirements or restrictions for travelers? Such as a self quarantine time period before embarking on your adventure. If you are travelling internationally, check the destination's Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details. We want you to travel, but we also want you to be safe. Please know that we have increased our cleaning & disinfecting efforts well above our already stringent standards. Awaiting your arrival with a clean, sanitized and disinfected property.

If you travel. During your trip, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: *Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings. *Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household. *Wash your hands often or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. *Avoid contact with anyone who is sick. *Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Traveling abroad? Check CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Keeping it local? We are happy to have you stay with us at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, breathtaking water views, plenty of room to social distance, a delicious on premise restaurant to dine in or order room service and very friendly staff.

Considerations of types of travel. Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depend on whether you and those around you take steps to protect yourself and others, such as wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from people outside your household. Airports, bus stations, train stations and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces. These are also places where it can be difficult to social distance. In general, the longer you are around a person with COVID-19, the more likely you are to get infected. Air travel requires you spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touches surfaces. Most virus and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes. However, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights. So wear your mask and listen to the flight crew. Bus or train travel for any length of time can involve sitting or standing within 6 feet of others, which can increase your chance of getting COVID-19. If you choose to travel by bus or train, learn what you can do to protect yourself on public transportation. When you travel in your car, making stops along the way for gas, food or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and frequently-touched surfaces. RV Travel makes for less stops for food and bathroom breaks, but RV travel usually means staying at RV parks overnight and getting gas and supplies at other public places. These stops may put you and those with you in the RV in close contact with others. Choose your travel type and if the road leads you to the Old Alcohol Plant Inn, know that your room will be sparkly clean, sanitized and disinfected. Our rooms are spacious and they do not have a "centralized" air system. Each room has its own heating and cooling system as to not share air with your neighbor.

Tips to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 in common travel situations:

In public:

Wear a mask in public settings; Stay at least 6 feet away (when possible) from anyone who is not in your household.

Bathrooms & Rest Stops:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom and after you have been in a public place; If soap and water are not available, use a hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Getting Gas:

Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons at the gas pumps before you touch them (if available); After fueling use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. When you arrive at your destination, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Hotels and Accommodations:

Check the hotel's COVID-19 prevention practices before you go; Wear masks and limit close contact with others; Choose contactless options, when possible

Food Stops:

The safest option is to bring your own food, if you don't bring your own food, use drive-through, delivery, take-out and curb-side pick-up options. Whatever option puts you in a fresh air environment, distanced away from other guests who are not in your household.

Anticipate your travel needs

  • Bring a mask to wear in public spaces

  • Pack hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Keep within reach

  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip

  • Pack food and water in case restaurants and stores are closed, or if drive-through, takeout and outdoor dining options aren't available.

Check Travel Restrictions.

State, local and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders and quarantine requirements upon arrival. Follow state, local and territorial travel restrictions. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state, territorial, tribal and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel.

After You Travel:

You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

  • When around others, stay at least 6 feet from other people who are not in your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not readily available.

  • Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19, take your temperature if you feel sick.

Follow state, territorial, tribal and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

Higher Risk Activities:

Some types of travel and activities can put you at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19. If you participated in higher risk activities or think that you may have been exposed before or during your trip, take extra precautions to protect others for 14 days before you arrive:

  • Stay home as much as possible

  • Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

  • Consider getting tested for COVID-19

What activities are considered "high risk"?

Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. You can check the Travel Health Notices for recommendations for places you have traveled. You can also check states, counties and cities to determine if these areas are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.

  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral or party.

  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert or parade.

  • Being in crowds--for example, in restaurants, bars, airports, ferry terminals, bus and train stations, or movie theaters.

  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat

Thank you for all the hard working doctors and scientists at the Center for Disease Control for putting together all this important information so we can be a safe and heathy community. Article from CDC "Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

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