We have some news that all summertime travelers need to know about. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just posted a highly anticipated new set of guidelines for travel. The guidelines should prove helpful if you're aiming to travel this summer without taking unnecessary risks.
Most of the suggestions included in the guidelines really only require some common sense. However, you'll also find a few interesting tips in the mix. Additionally, there are some specific tips to follow when visiting hotels and restaurants.
You can check out the full set of new CDC guidelines for yourself using the CDC's website. However, a few items are worth highlighting. Here's a few key takeaways:
- Try to ventilate areas as much as possible by opening windows when using cabs and ride-share services.
- Avoid 'pooled' rides when using ride-share services when possible.
- Avoid accepting free water bottles, mints or other items provided to passengers when traveling.
- Sit outside if possible when visiting restaurants.
- Wear a mask any time you must use a restaurant's restroom.
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator when possible to avoid being in a small space with multiple riders.
- Request 'contactless' delivery when ordering room service at a hotel.
- Use 'contactless' payment systems whenever possible.
The CDC is saying that the riskiest spot to be in is an indoor space where there isn't room for people to stand at least six feet apart. The CDC is also reiterating its suggestion to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible. A hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is an acceptable alternative when no soap and water are available.