As summer 2021 approaches, the CDC’s recent announcement that vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in most settings has spurred optimism in many ways—not the least of which is the ability to travel.
In late May, the New York Times published a roundup of reopening plans for all 50 states in the US. Other outlets – like USA Today – did the same. Older adults who remain more at risk and are more likely to suffer from comorbidities, may want to refer to AARP’s reporting on the topic.
While most states have no restrictions, a few retain restrictions for unvaccinated people and a couple – California, Massachusetts and New Jersey – still have restrictions for all. While regulations and remaining restrictions may change, the news overall is good. And the good news couldn’t have come at a better time as schools let out for the summer and the weather improves.
But, even as they prepare to get back on the road or in the air, travelers are concerned about staying safe. Here we look at some steps they should take to ensure their summertime travel is worry-free.
The Vacation and Leisure Landscape
Certain activities—like outdoor activities that might include hiking, camping or spending time at the beach—are clearly less risky than others, while indoor activities remain risky. Remember, there are still plenty of other viruses circulating in close quarters that may cause you to get sick!
In the United States, you can travel fairly freely. However, that is not the case abroad. Before considering an international vacation, make sure to check what restrictions may still be in place. You don’t want to land at the airport for your once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation only to discover that you’ll need to quarantine for the entire time you’re there.
Wherever you go, regardless of the requirements and restrictions that may or may not be in place, it’s always a good idea to follow some basic summertime safety guidelines.
Travel Safety Tips
For those who are fully vaccinated, summer certainly holds far less peril in 2021 than it did in 2020. Still, COVID-19 isn’t the only flu or “bug” you might pick up while on vacation so some tried-and-true safety-first guidelines still make a lot of sense:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid large crowds.
- Wear a mask when using mass transit.
Even in states where mask mandates have been lifted, there may be times when it just makes sense to put your mask on. In addition, despite state and municipal rules, many business owners are still able to establish their own rules and guidelines so it’s still a good idea to have your mask handy.
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