Many people look forward to their holiday vacation every year. It’s a chance to get away and relax as well as a chance to see loved ones who live far away. But 2020 is different. In the midst of a global pandemic, travel and large social gatherings have become risky and potentially irresponsible. We all want to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, but we also don’t want to miss out on the things that bring us joy. Is there a way to still have your holiday vacation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are our tips:
Wear a Mask When Traveling
Flying to a new place for your holiday vacation is a common time to become infected with COVID-19. Keep in mind that symptoms can take as long as 2 weeks to manifest, and that even if you’re asymptomatic, you may pass it off to someone else. So while a mask is important to wear any time you leave your home in these times, it’s especially important if you plan to fly or travel publicly.
Drive If You Can
A safer way to protect yourself and protect others while you travel for the holidays is to go by car, if possible. This will cut down your interactions with others and your chance of becoming infected with COVID-19. It will also lessen your chances of infecting someone you plan to visit with COVID-19, making your holiday vacation safer for everyone involved.
Small Gatherings If You Gather
Your holiday vacation may not be with the intent of seeing distant friends and family. It may simply be a chance to go somewhere new for the holidays or to visit one of your favorite cities. But if you do choose to meet with others, try to keep your gatherings small. Make sure you stand six feet apart, wear masks, and that everyone involved has been tested for COVID-19 very recently and that test has come back negative.
Ventilation is Key
When it comes to any sickness, from a common cold to the flu, having good ventilation is important. With poor ventilation, those germs will hang in the air and on surfaces, significantly increasing the risk that others in the room will get sick. Good circulation will allow fresh air to flow in and help protect those in the space. This is certainly true of COVID-19, so wherever you stay or meet, make sure that you have proper ventilation.
Check the CDC’s website for more information and advice on holiday gatherings in the midst of COVID-19. It may be that the best thing to do this year is to stay home and plan your holiday vacation for next year. However, if you do choose to visit Oakland this holiday season, Z Hotel in Jack London Square offers beautiful, comfortable room and a responsible, hospitable staff all taking the necessary precaution to minimize the risk of COVID-19. Contact us today for more information.