Tips for a safe holiday trip during a pandemic

January 19, 2021


Tips For A Safe Holiday Trip During A Pandemic Min

With the re-opening of more local tourist destinations in the country and Christmas Day fast approaching, the latest government announcement lifting the ban on non-essential travel is an uplifting news to most Filipinos. [1]

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to travel – whether to celebrate the holidays with family or simply take a vacation. While many of us can’t wait to leave the safety and comfort of our homes, it is important to keep in mind and observe these tips and precautions when traveling amid a pandemic:


BEFORE TRAVELLING

Dedicate enough time to learn about your destination and its local guidelines for visitors. It will also help to be informed about the number of cases in the area you are visiting so you can better prepare yourself. [2]


IN TRANSIT

Continue to practice safety measures while traveling. [2]

  • Wear a mask and face shield to keep your nose and mouth covered at all times
  • Practice physical distancing (at least six feet away from other people)
  • Wash your hands often or use a sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth


WHEN YOU ARRIVE

As you reach your destination, there is a possibility that you may have contracted the disease and spread the virus to others. [2] While the idea of being reunited with your family and loved ones during the Holidays is tempting, their safety should still be your priority. [1] With that, continue to practice safety health protocols such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and disinfecting your garments and surroundings whenever possible. [2]

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to remind everyone that staying home is still the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the Coronavirus, we really can’t blame those who want to celebrate the season with their loved ones. [2] After all, Christmas gatherings have been a tradition for generations!

Whatever your decision may be, we wish you all the best, safe travels, continue adhering to safety health protocols, and have a Merry Christmas!



Sources:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html