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The answer, as it is for most things right now, is “sort of.”
If you live in a region with a stay-at-home or shelter-in-place order, follow it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a website where you can check the current rules by state.
For those of us wondering if it is safe to travel right now, the answer depends on many variables: how you plan to do so, where you want to go, the rates of infection in your chosen destination, and your anticipated behavior you arrive.
The good news is you can travel this summer, mainly if you stay within U.S. borders. There are still many restrictions on international travel — and if you follow the necessary precautions.
Here are some ways to take a safe vacation during COVID:
Check travel restrictions and quarantine rules for your wanted destination. Some states require visitors to stay inside for two weeks upon arrival.
Book a socially distant hotel stay
Book a private vacation home rental to limit interactions with others:
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Because they’re outdoors, beaches are a safe summer activity, granted they’re not too crowded. It would be best if you took precautions and read the guidelines of the place you chose to visit.
Camp somewhere remote
If you want to get away and welcome nature, but feel uncomfortable checking into a hotel or private residence, there are plenty of other outdoor options from camping to glamping that make it easy to avoid crowds.