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How to Enjoy a Vacation While Keeping Others Safe

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After almost a year of COVID-19 and lockdowns, you and your family are probably stressed. Some mental and physical relaxation is in order. But, you also know it’s important to be protected and to help protect others.  How can you most safely have your well-needed vacation, while making sure that you protect both your family and those around you?

Observe Distancing and Mask Requirements

You already know about social distancing and masking up to protect others and yourself. It continues to be important, and continues to help The best option is to use both to make sure your family is protected. Both are best, especially if you have to go indoors when in public. If you have the chance, staying safely distant in an outside area is your best option.

You May Need to Quarantine

It’s important to check in advance if you are going to need to quarantine when you arrive at your destination. If you arrive for a ten-day vacation on the islands, and your quarantine is going to last two weeks, this is not going to be as much fun as anticipated! Breaking quarantine can lead to danger to local populations, so it’s crucial to follow both local and federal laws where you are going, Upon your return, you might also need to quarantine to make sure you didn’t get the virus piggy-backing back with you from your trip. Quarantine areas are meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 from outside travelers.

The Great Outdoors

Because outdoor areas are the least likely to cause infection, now is a great time to visit any of the astounding national parks that are all around the country. Besides the sheer scale and beauty of our parks, you’ll be reminded of the peaceful world outside of pandemic indoor life. You’ll want to make a reservation at the recreation.gov website, and make sure you have your time allotted far enough in advance! You’re not the only one who will want to be there, but there’s plenty of gorgeous socially distant space for all!

The world looks especially beautiful after having a few months of forced safe sheltering indoors. There are so many beautiful things to see and do, and a vacation is well deserved. Just make sure you do it properly, and protect both your family and those around you as you enjoy all that a vacation has to offer. Pretty soon you can be hiking on trails or lying comfortably on beaches safely and securely.

Read this next: What International Travelers Should Know Before Visiting the U.S.

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