If you have to travel for the holidays, do it safely.
As crazy as 2020 has been, one thing is for sure — the holiday season is fast approaching, no matter what. While the holidays will look a little different this year, it’s important to have a plan about how your family will choose to celebrate. The CDC has released guidelines on how to celebrate safely, but unfortunately, travel may be involved for even the safest of gatherings. Some families will forgo celebrations altogether, many will pare back on guest counts, but that may not be an option for others. If you do need to travel for the holidays, it can be stressful not knowing if you and your family are safe. Luckily, we’ve got some holiday travel tips for traveling in a way that won’t put yourself or others at risk.
Don’t travel unless you really have to.
This should be a given by now, but if you or a family member is feeling sick or may have been exposed to COVID, don’t travel or go out to gatherings. This should always be first and foremost when deciding if it’s safe to go out, let alone travel. Have a Zoom holiday instead!
Assess if where you’re traveling to is safe.
As much as we all want to see family and friends over the holidays, it could be dangerous to do so if they live in an area with high rates of COVID transmission, or if you do. Information on the number of cases in an area can be found on the area’s health department website.
Think about the guest count.
If you have to go to a gathering, ask the host if it is going to be a small event. Will it be indoors or outdoors? Look over the Events and Gatherings section of the CDC website and see if the event you are traveling to will be following proper protocol.
Stay vigilant in public spaces.
Whether you’re driving or flying to your holiday event, chances are you’ll be in contact with others, whether in a service station, airport, or roadside attraction. When in these public spaces, it’s important to keep your mask on, keep six feet of distance between yourself and others, and to wash your hands frequently.
Look for signs of proper sanitization and disinfection.
This one may seem a little trickier but if the travel space you’re in is doing the right thing, they will have proper signage and information about how they keep the space clean and safe. When hundreds or thousands of people pass by an area every-day, it leaves a cloud of worry when we think about how some unwanted germs might transfer back to us. Tulu’s latest QR code decals can turn these worries around by allowing easy access to trusted and reliable data that show you when and how an area was last cleaned. Look for cleaning schedules, informational posters, or QR codes to learn more about how the space was sanitized.
The holidays are often a stressful time not in the middle of a pandemic, but knowing that the spaces you have to travel through have been cleaned and sanitized should help put minds at ease.