Travel the USA: where you can go during coronavirus

Sandra L. Pouncy

After being locked up in our homes since late March, and having to spend even more time at home thanks to many millions of businesses resorting to Work From Home solutions, domestic travel in America is picking up again.

Now that fall is setting in and wintertime will bring with it even more time indoors for us all, now is the perfect time to take a break from it all. However, you will still need to comply with all Covid-19 protocols and health measures. There is still no cure or vaccine for Covid-19 and until then travelling will be very different from what it was before the coronavirus pandemic. If you have, however, made travel bookings before the coronavirus pandemic, you can use your travel insurance to recoup some of those costs. Read up on what reliable travel insurance companies have been doing to help travelers in this situation.

For the most part, the USA is very much the same as countries around the world: some states are open, others don’t allow tourists, and other allow tourists in a very strictly controlled fashion. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has advised that travel – even domestically – be limited to essential reasons only in a bid to stop the spread of this virus. Some states, such as Alaska, Maine, Hawaii, and Rhode Island, require all tourists to self-quarantine for 14 days in hotels before being allowed to travel around their states. California, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii are discouraging visitors. For updated info and insights, read Prestigia reviews for this travel agency’s customers’ feedback and experiences of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can cross state lines for your travels, but in some states you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days and/or undergo a Covid-19 test. Many states are slowly re-opening county by county, but tourist and hospitality industries are mostly still shut. Bars and restaurants are all but shuttered. In most states, wearing a face mask is mandatory in public and strict quarantine regulations.

Before booking any vacation, it is recommended that you thoroughly research the area’s coronavirus alert level, their quarantine protocols, medical services available, and whether there are any hospitality and accommodation options for your travel needs.

While traveling does increase your chances of getting and spreading Covid-19, it is best to limit your contact with others by as much as possible. Of the travel methods, traveling by vehicle has proved to present the least risk to travelers. Taking extra precautions will help you to further lower your risks:

• Wear a face mask to cover your mouth and nose when in public spaces

• Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other people

• Wash your hands regularly with hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol-based content ingredients)

• Avoid contact with people who show signs of sickness

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while in public spaces

• Don’t travel if you are feeling sick

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