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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Safer Travel Tips for Families with Unvaccinated Children

It may be summer, but COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation. If you are traveling with children who cannot get vaccinated yet, follow recommendations for unvaccinated people (wear a mask, maintain physical distance, wash hands often) and choose the CDC's “safer” travel options described here.

Transportation:

Safer

  • Short road trips with members of your household or fully vaccinated people with few stops along the way
  • If you must fly, try to take flights with the fewest stops or layovers

Less Safe

  • Longer trips by car or RV with many stops along the way
  • Trips by car or RV with people who are not vaccinated or not from your household
  • Flights with layovers

Avoid

  • Long-distance train or bus trips
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat

Lodging:

Safer

  • Staying in a house or cabin (for example, a vacation rental) with people from your household or fully vaccinated people
  • Visiting a fully vaccinated family member’s or friend’s home

Less Safe

  • Hotels or multi-unit guest lodgings with common areas (e.g., bed and breakfasts)
  • Visiting an unvaccinated family member’s or friend’s home
  • Renting or staying in a house or cabin (for example, a vacation rental) with people that are not vaccinated or not in your household

Avoid:

  • Sharing spaces with many people or sharing bathroom facilities (for example, a dormitory-style hostel)

Food

Safer

  • Bringing your own food and drinks.
  • Getting takeout.
  • Using drive-thru, delivery, and curbside pick-up options and wearing a mask when interacting with restaurant employees.

Less Safe

  • Eating outside at a restaurant where social distancing is possible and servers and other staff wear masks.
  • Eating inside at a restaurant that is well ventilated, where social distancing is possible, servers and other restaurant staff wear masks, and diners wear masks when not actively eating or drinking.

Avoid

  • Eating inside restaurants that are poorly ventilated, where social distancing is not possible, servers and staff do not wear masks, and diners do not wear masks when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Self-service options that require extensive touching of surfaces, such as buffets.

Camping

Safer

  • Camping with people who are fully vaccinated or from your household only and not sharing facilities with persons outside of your household.

Less Safe

  • Camping with people who are fully vaccinated or people from your household only, but sharing facilities with people outside of your household, where distancing at least 6 feet/2 meters is not possible.
  • Sharing tents or cabins with friends or family who are not vaccinated or in your household.
  • Interacting outside with people who are not wearing masks but are keeping at least 6 feet/2 meters apart.

Avoid

  • Camping in large dormitory-style settings with many people and shared facilities.
  • Interacting outside or indoors with people who are not wearing masks and are not keeping at least 6 feet/2 meters apart.

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