Although the world has seen many changes with COVID-19, we haven’t come to a complete halt. While there are many restrictions on traveling, some businesses must still participate in corporate travel to operate successfully. If you’re in an occupation that requires you to travel for business, knowing how to travel safely for your trip is essential. And with each state implementing its own precautions, it may be hard to determine how to prepare appropriately. Below are our recommendations for travel preparation, no matter where you’re going to better prepare, regardless of where you are headed.
Keep an Eye on the News in Your Destination
Updated reports come in daily with information regarding travel restrictions, case counts, and much more. If you’re planning on traveling outside your city for work, it’s best to check any news from the area you’re traveling to. If they’ve had a recent rise in cases, you may need to take extra precautions or reschedule your trip to ensure your health and safety.
Keep Hand Sanitizer with You
Soap and water may not be readily available to you while traveling. Please keep in mind that TSA has temporarily adjusted the rules for hand sanitizer, allowing you to bring one small bottle or hand wipes in your carry-on until further notice. Be sure to sanitize:
- After you touch surfaces others have may have touched, sneezed on, or coughed on.
- After you blow your nose or sneeze.
- After you cough.
- Before you eat or touch your face.
Remember Your Face Mask
Although masks may be uncomfortable, the CDC tells us that masks can slow the spread of COVID-19. Wearing your mask can help to protect you and others you meet on your travels. CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, including public and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere around other people.
Check Your Housing Provider’s Prevention Plan and Cleaning Practices
Hotels and corporate housing companies often post their COVID_19 prevention and procedures on their websites, which you can review before leaving on business travel. If possible, use as many contactless options that your housing solution offers: online check-in, mobile room key, contactless checkout, and much more.
While different parts of the U.S. are experiencing various levels of COVID-19 activity, The Hennessey Group strives to maintain the highest standards and seeks to meet each state’s specific measures of cleanliness. Our housekeeping staff is continuously working to protect our residents and following adequate health procedures during this time so that you can rest easy knowing you are in a safe and secure environment.
State of Texas Travel Restrictions
An update for those traveling to and from Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of illness worldwide. The State of Texas encourages everyone to heed the CDC’s advice and the U.S. State Department’s travel notices, advisories, and recommendations. Travel recommendations:
- Check travel restrictions before you go.
- Get your flu shot before you travel.
- Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
- Know when to delay your travel. Do not travel if you or your travel companions are sick.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your travel group.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Safe Travel Texas
To better equip Texans and out-of-state travel intenders with the information needed to plan travels to and from Texas, Travel Texas has launched a resource page that highlights what travel-related activities are open around the state, the Travel Texas Promise, and new measures Texas hotels, restaurants, and destinations are taking to welcome travelers back safely.
At The Hennessey Group, all our temporary stay solutions are designed to make you as comfortable as possible for your stay. From fully furnished solutions to lightning-fast internet connectivity, we’re ready to accommodate your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter how long you plan to be away, those who travel for business purposes can benefit from preparation.