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The coronavirus has disrupted life, from a simple trip to the grocery store to planning the family vacation this summer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending families stay within the U.S. for their travels or even just stay close to home.
If still making plans for a vacation, consider these CDC recommendations shared by the Better Business Bureau (BBB):
• Never travel when sick or have been exposed to COVID-19; the same goes for anyone within the traveling group.
• Always take a face mask with for public places.
• Pack your own food, water, plenty of medicine and hand sanitizer, in case the restaurant, gas station or convenience store can’t serve you due to occupancy limits, or there aren’t supplies available.
• Beaches and parks are fun outdoor places to go; keep a safe six foot distance from other people.
• When going to a pool, take off the mask only when going into the water.
• If renting a car, RV, or camper, carefully wipe down all surfaces, and continue to wash hands and avoid touching your face.
Before leaving on the trip:
• Check with state regulations for quarantine requirements. Some states are still requiring visitors to isolate for 14 days when visiting the state or coming back from going out of town.
• Avoid posting on social media about where you’re going or when you’re leaving. Save the fun pictures for when you get back.
• If planning to travel by air, carefully review cancellation policies, consider travel insurance, and make sure to clearly understand the restrictions; when booking the tickets, as the departure date gets closer, check to see how full the flight is getting to determine if you’re comfortable being less than six feet from someone.
• Sign up for updates for any changes in policies at the location where you intend to travel. Many states are slowly re-opening for business, but that may change between the time the trip is booked and the time of departure.
• Leave an emergency contact number for a close family member or friend.
• Avoid online scams when booking a trip.
• Be prepared for delays that may occur because of the coronavirus when you are planning to travel.
Learn more about how to plan appropriately on BBB.org/coronavirus/
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For more information or further inquiries, contact the Wisconsin BBB at www.bbb.org/wisconsin, 414-847-6000 or 1-800-273-1002. Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.