Whether you’re traveling during spring break or enjoying a staycation, there are important health and safety guidelines to keep in mind, especially as the pandemic continues.
It’s important to continue to follow CDC recommendations no matter where you are. Namely, wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Taking these steps, even if the place you’re visiting doesn’t require facial coverings, has proven to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.
If you’re traveling to a warmer place, take advantage of the weather and stay outdoors when in public spaces. This reduces your risk of catching the virus and bringing it back to Michigan.
As you would prepare for vacation during non-pandemic times, make sure you’re aware of what will be expected when you travel out of Michigan. For example, many states require negative COVID-19 tests before boarding planes. Check with the location you are visiting as well as ground transportation. You can read spring break tips from the Ford Airport on its website.
Before leaving town, make sure to secure your car, garage and exterior home doors. Leaving a light on or setting timers may also deter theft.
It’s wise to let a friend, family member or neighbor know when you plan to travel so they can keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
Public Safety also encourages those traveling to fill out an Unattended Home Form, which provides our officers with your emergency contact information in case something happens.
Unfortunately, even during a pandemic, there are people who take advantage of others. Remember that government agencies, including the CDC, Secretary of State, IRS and health departments, will never ask for identifying information via text or phone call.
Public Safety advises against sharing photos and/or details of your vacation on social media while still away from home.
If you plan to stay home during spring break, please consider shopping and dining local as you look for fun things to do. Gaslight Village is a great destination for the entire family to shop and enjoy a meal together.
Parks & Recreation also has great opportunities for the whole family to stay active and entertained during spring break. Learn more and register for classes at eastgr.org/recreation.