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Published on Friday, May 22, 2020

Latest CDC travel advice

As states begin to relax some movement restrictions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its traveler information ahead of the Memorial Day holiday.

The CDC Covid-19 webpage still recommends staying at home as 'the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. '

However for those that must travel, the agency is encouraging people to think carefully about where they are going.

Some state governments such as Hawaii still have a mandatory 14-day self-isolation in effect. Several visitors have violated it and been arrested and fined.

It recommends all travelers to prepare well:

  • Bring enough medicine to last you for the entire trip.
  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it easy to reach.
  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places.
  • Prepare food and water for your trip. Pack non-perishable food in case restaurants and stores are closed.

As some national and state parks reopen, there is a perception that campgrounds are safer due to the wide open spaces, but the CDC says there are still inherent risks.

It recommends travelers think carefully about staying in remote areas, often without easy access to medical care, and to take extra care at shared public facilities like restrooms or picnic areas.

For travelers planning overseas trips, the CDC has a comprehensive list of potential health issues covering most countries including Covid-19 related restrictions as well as other health advisories such as the ongoing risk of Dengue Fever in the Americas including Mexico.

The CDC still maintains its Level 3 advisory - avoid nonessential travel for overseas destinations.

The CDC also released an interim guide for business ownerss and employees as many companies reopen for business.

It includes dedicated guidelines for small businesses.


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