While several regulations are still in effect, travel is slowly starting again. Citizens locked up for months are seeking to broaden their horizons, see something more than a phone screen, and improve the economy. Restaurants and certain visitor destinations are open to local and domestic passengers. Some countries are beginning to accept foreign travellers.
But how will you comfortably navigate an environment with potentially dangerous experiences with nice people who could infect you or who could be subjected to the virus? Is the aircraft just a raging petri dish? Is it possible to visit a national park while socializing? And if you choose a seemingly safer road trip, can you stop to use a public restroom?
Should I travel on an airplane?
Most passengers believe they ‘re being infected on the plane, but the truth is that the air quality on the aircraft is really pretty good — high concentrations of clean fresh air and all recirculated air passes via the HEPA filter. Airports and airlines are seeking to reduce the chance of contagion in their frequently crowded environments. Intensive cleaning is now the norm to stay safe. Aircrafts are now being fogged with electrostatic disinfectants that stick to surfaces like seatbelts.
Face covers are required to board most of the flights. Airlines are attempting to place passengers in separate seats so that they have more room. But that doesn’t automatically imply that middle seats stay vacant, particularly with fewer flights. Internationally, certain destinations need proof of a negative COVID-19 test; some destinations check passengers upon arrival.
Should I visit a national park?
There are several safety benefits to getting out into nature, and the risks are low and manageable. The trick is to maintain a distance of six feet from other people. Avoid group activities involving close contact and social distancing at campsites. But always remember to wear your mask and carry a small bottle of hand-sanitizer.
Should I stay in a hotel?
Hotels that take better care of their employees by providing them with personal protective equipment are more likely to take better care of you. Check the website of the hotel you are considering to determine how they respond to COVID-19. Choose properties like Tranquil Wild that base their protocols on science, rather than things that sound good but have little effect or focus away from areas that really matter.
Go for a swim if the pool is not crowded: standard pool cleaning kills viruses, so the pool is probably safe; it’s the people you need to worry about. While clean rooms are important, the most important thing is to stay six feet away from others. Then, of course, wash your hands before you arrive in your room, and then again before you leave, always stay safe.