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Is It Safe To Go On A Road Trip?

June 19, 2020, 12:00 am

For months, we’ve been cooped up inside. As the weather has improved and lockdown restrictions have been cautiously and carefully rolled back, you might be itching to get out of the house for a road trip. But is it safe?

No one would blame you for wanting to load up and head out to explore someplace new right now. But before you pile into the car, take a second to think about what that means. Across the country, states are seeing coronavirus cases on the rise, and only two meet the CDC guidelines to reopening, in spite of the action of some governors looking to jump-start their economies. We put together a few tips to hitting the road safely...if you must. 

Your Risk. First and foremost, look at the risk road travel would have on you and your household. If you have pre-existing conditions or are a senior citizen, you are already more likely to have a negative outcome with COVID-19. Additionally, even if at-risk people aren’t joining you for the drive, you may be putting them at risk upon your return. 

Destination Unknown. Where you might be headed could also increase your risk. Florida, Texas, and a number of other states are seeing record-breaking cases and some are even re-introducing lockdown and quarantine measures to fight the surge. Of course, leaving those same states for places with flattened or falling case rates could be equally dangerous. Travelers from states with cases on the rise to those who are successfully battling the virus would spark a new outbreak and further the spread. 

Come Prepared. If you must travel, hit the road with everything you’ll need for your stay. That goes beyond face masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes. When you arrive, avoid going to grocery stores or crowded indoors places like restaurants, malls, or other events. Plan your trip around outdoor activities and try not to put locals or other tourists at risk. 

Sleeping In. If you need to arrange a place to stay overnight, call well ahead. Hotels and motels may be facing reduced occupancy guidelines, while many have implemented strict and vigorous new cleaning standards that may change check-in and check-out times. Make reservations early, and make a point of confirming not only those reservations but also what you might be expected to do to help keep hotel staff safe as well. 

If you absolutely need to travel, take it upon yourself to make an honest assessment of both the risk and reward of such a trip. Remember that a vacation may not be worth illness, whether it be your own or someone else’s. 
For more on coronavirus guidelines as we get into the heart of summer, check the CDC for the latest changes.

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