Weekend getaways get more complicated with COVID-19 restrictions

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you were planning on taking a long Columbus Day holiday weekend getaway, there are some complications to consider this year.

In this age of COVID-19, you could face restrictions and quarantines going out of state and then coming back home.

Jana Tidwell from AAA Mid-Atlantic said the pandemic has radically altered travel planning.

“You should definitely consult with the state health department websites not only for your state where you reside but also the state that you’re traveling to,” she advised. “Understand what the quarantine recommendations are upon arrival at your destination. And, then when you arrive back home.”

She said there are a couple of quarantine-free options fairly close by, such as the Poconos, New York state, Baltimore or the Washington, D.C. area.

By using your own car or SUV, Tidwell said it’s a safe and protected mode of travel because you clean it and control who and what goes into it.

And, if you plan to stay the night somewhere, Tidwell suggested consulting the hotel’s website to ascertain the level of cleaning protocols.

“They have definitely done their parts to expand cleaning and disinfecting measures across their properties,” she said.

Tidwell added that AAA Mid-Atlantic already is getting questions from members about the late fall and winter holidays ahead and travel and tourism.

What is Thanksgiving going to look like? What are Christmas and New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day going to look like?

“It’s so hard to tell,” she said. “There is that pent up (travel) demand but I think everyone is being super cautious as the weather turns cold and people move back inside.”

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