Steps to Take Before and After Traveling for the Holidays


With the holidays around the corner, families are considering how to celebrate this season as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Public health figures are recommending to avoid large gatherings with members outside your immediate household, as this increases the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. While virtual celebrations and gatherings with the members of your household are safer forms to celebrate this holiday season, if you are planning on getting together with people outside of your household, we’re sharing safety tips to help you celebrate safely.

Please be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is still developing. The details provided here are based on information available at the time of development. For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus and safety precautions, visit The CDC also has a comprehensive page that covers considerations on holiday celebrations and small gatherings. Be sure to check state and local mandates for guidance and regulations on travel and gatherings.

Before you get to your destination

If you do plan on traveling, there are several tips you can follow beforehand to help you prepare.

  • Reduce your exposure: Try to limit moderate and high-risk activities at least one week before you get to your destination. This could mean implementing a quarantine period before you travel, minimizing going to indoor restaurants, getting your groceries delivered and avoiding indoor gyms.
  • Get tested: Consider getting a COVID-19 test 2-3 days prior to a gathering. It’s recommended that those who choose not to get tested and will be gathering with others to quarantine the 14 days before travel.

After you get to your destination

Once you get to your destination, there are two main factors to keep in mind during the gathering.

  • Maintain healthy behaviors: Continue to utilize basic hygiene practices like wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining social distance (6 feet or more) from others who do not live with you. Try not to share bathrooms or commonly shared items like kitchen towels.
  • Consider the environment: If you’re having a meal with your family or getting together, try to have it outdoors. If that’s not possible, open a window in every room to allow for airflow and circulation. You may also want to consider staying with family members that are not high-risk individuals if you plan to travel.

To do our part to keep our loved ones and our communities safe and healthy, consider how you can modify your plans to celebrate the holidays this year. Whether it’s celebrating via virtual or outdoor gatherings, this holiday season is a good opportunity to start new traditions. Thank you for joining us in building a stronger, safer Texas.

Courtesy of Texas Mutual Blog

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