Five things you should know about travel this holiday season
Posted on 12/04/2020
Orange, yellow, and brown leaves. Guidance for holiday travel.

As we continue to navigate the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic during the holidays, all members of the PWCS community are reminded that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued guidance for those who plan to travel. The tips below should help all students, staff, and family members make informed decisions about their travel plans. If you are considering travel for an upcoming holiday, see information from the CDC about important considerations before deciding to travel during the winter holidays and information from VDH about social gatherings and holiday celebrations.

Top five things you should know about travel:

  • COVID-19 is spreading rapidly within Virginia and across the United States.
  • Because travel may increase your chance of getting infected or spreading COVID-19, staying home is the safest way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
  • VDH urges all Virginians to avoid travel, including travel for the winter holidays. Stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential, if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19, or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19
  • Do not travel if:
    • You have fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, or
    • You recently tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test, or
    • You are waiting for COVID-19 viral test results, or
    • You have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • If you decide to travel
    • Check travel restrictions before you go.
    • Get your flu shot before travel, ideally at least 14 days before travel.
    • Always wear a mask in public settings, when using public transportation, and when around people you do not live with.
    • Stay at least six feet apart from anyone who does not live with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. 

-VDH November 2020