A masked passenger sits on a flight from San Francisco, California to Newark, New Jersey, October 27, 2020.
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California, Oregon and Washington governors issued a joint travel warning about the coronavirus on Friday urging people arriving in their states to quarantine for 14 days and asking residents to avoid all non-essential travel out of the state.
Pacific Northwest states said primary travel includes people who travel “to work and study, support critical infrastructure, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, safety and security,” according to the newspaper. statement.
Democratic governors have also recommended that travelers limit their interactions with people only in their homes.
“California has just crossed a realistic threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of slowing down the virus,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Increasing cases are adding stress to our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers, and vulnerable California residents. Travel increases the risk of the spread of COVID-19, and we must all increase our efforts collectively at this time to keep the virus in trouble and save lives.”
The travel warning is voluntary, according to Newsom, which sent out a statement saying the best application is “to encourage others to be respectful and responsible by taking action. And asking people to do the right thing is our strongest enforcement tool.”
Friday’s travel warning comes with families across the country Adjust their vacation plans And college students are planning trips home amid a wave of Covid-19 cases in nearly every corner of the United States.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters in a phone call late last week that the state will step up law enforcement at its airports during the holiday season to ensure incoming travelers follow quarantine and testing requirements.
Cuomo said he plans to send more National Guard to help enforce the state’s travel advisory, adding that he has spoken with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about increasing the New York City Police Department’s presence as well.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that travel can increase the chance of spreading and contracting the Coronavirus. The safest option is to stay home CDC instructions say.
When it comes to traveling by air, people should realize that the risk is not limited to sitting on the plane alone, Kerry Altoff, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said during a media call Thursday.
Altov warned that standing in a line, especially if travelers are less than 6 feet from other people, may increase their risks. People should also avoid touching masks and faces because airports are full of high-touch areas, like bathrooms.
“It’s not just about what’s going on in the plane, it’s the whole experience,” Altov said. “Thus, do everything in your power to reduce exposure if you choose to travel or, given the rapid acceleration of cases in the country at the present time, choosing to stay home may be the best option.”