Travel advisory information to know for Spring Break
Posted on 03/24/2021
Cherry Blossom. Guidance for Spring Break travel.

As we continue to navigate the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic during the upcoming Spring Break, 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 Spring Break, see information from the CDC about travel and information from VDH about social gatherings.

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 non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19, or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from 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 must travel
    • Check travel restrictions for U.S. travel or international travel before you go.
    • Get your flu shot before travel, ideally at least 14 days before travel.
    • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it is available to you. Wait for 2 weeks after completing your vaccine series to travel because it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination
    • Get tested with a COVID-19 viral test 1-3 days before travel and do not travel if your test is positive.
    • 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. 
    • Get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel and stay home (quarantine) for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home for 10 days after travel.

    -VDH March 2021