Business Travel

Following guidance from the CDC, the Health Department encourages individuals to delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

General Guidance 

  • Get tested for COVID-19 1-3 days before your trip. 
  • Follow any state and local restrictions currently in place. 
  • Wear a mask over your mouth and nose and practice physical distancing.
  • Do not travel while sick or travel with someone who is sick. 
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. 
  • Upon return, it is best if you get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days. 
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.  
  • While traveling, limit social interaction outside of work 
    • wear a mask 
    • avoid close contact with others (6 feet physical distancing)  
    • avoid shaking hands or hugging 
  • When using rental vehicles or shared work vehicles, make sure to sanitize the car interior and high-touch surfaces including but not limited to keys, steering wheel, gear shifts, seat belts, etc. 
  • When traveling in high traffic areas such as airports, train stations and bus terminals adhere to physical distancing, hand sanitizing guidelines and wear a mask if you're not fully vaccinated. 

Employee Health Guidance 

  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19 before starting travel and notify supervisor and stay home if sick. 
  • Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and promptly call a healthcare provider for medical advice if needed. 
  • Remind employees to: 
    • wash hands often  
    • avoid close contact with others 
    • wear a mask

Book accommodations in advance to allow the hotel/motel/rental staff to prepare for your arrival and properly clean and disinfect the room  

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance 

  • When you get to your room or rental property, clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remote controls, toilets, and sink faucets. 
  • Use a household disinfectant or other personal cleaning supplies, including cloths and disposable gloves. 
  • Wash any plates, cups, or silverware (other than pre-wrapped plastic) before using. 
  • Clean and sanitize any workstation(s) at the beginning, middle and end of each shift. 

Physical Distancing Guidance 

  • Consider using videoconferencing or teleconferencing when possible for work-related meetings and gatherings. 
  • When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces. 
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.  
  • Pick up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service or stores. Adhere to physical distancing when dining in restaurants.