Adjusting to CDC's New Travel Guidelines


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new travel guidelines on June 12, 2020. Here is a recap of how to implement these guidelines for your next travel plans.


General Prevention Guidelines for Any Type of Transportation Method

Practice Hand Hygiene

Wash you hands with soap and water frequently:

  • Before you leave your current location

  • After you arrive at your destination

  • After you cough or sneeze

  • After touching frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, faucets, light switches, stair rails, etc.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and make sure you cover all surfaces.


Also, avoid touching your eyes and face. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a flexed elbow.


Practice Physical Distancing

Whenever possible, maintain at least 6 feet distance in all directions from people not in your household. For example:

  • Waiting in line at a service counter

  • Purchasing items from a vending machine or kiosk

Wear a Face Covering

Wear a face covering whenever you have to be within 6 feet of people not in your household. Since these situations can be very unpredictable, Safety Nest recommends wearing a face covering at all times when you're outside of your home.


A face covering can be:

  • Cloth face covering (check out our guidance on cloth face coverings)

  • Surgical masks

  • NIOSH-approved respirator (e.g., N95 respirator, half-face respirator with P100 filters)

Due to limited supplies of surgical masks and NIOSH-approved respirators, please avoid buying these face coverings as front-line medical personnel require them to keep themselves safe while treating patients.


Be Prepared

Carry sanitation supplies like disinfecting wipes and/or hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. Bring extra face coverings, especially if you use cloth face coverings. Safety Nest recommends washing cloth face coverings after each use.


If you require assistance or special accommodations while traveling, it is best to arrange for someone in your household to travel with you as a "travel buddy."


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