Traveling out of Ohio? Here’s what you need to know

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Summer vacation still a go? Here’s what you need to know before traveling out of state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MASK MANDATES

More than half of US states have mandatory mask mandates either statewide or in certain cities. Ohio and all of its neighboring states have statewide mandates. Other states where a face covering is mandatory:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a travel advisory for all people who come into Ohio from outside states where there is a positivity rate of 15 percent or higher. The advisory also includes anyone from Ohio who visits outside states and comes back home. It is recommended that those visit the following states self quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Ohio:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Idaho
Ohio travel advisory
(Image: Ohio Governor’s Office)

GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION

The CDC recommends wiping down before and after getting gas:

  • Use disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available).
  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

The CDC also has a general guide for those traveling throughout the continental United States, as-well-as how to protect yourself from COVID-19 at a public pool, beach or park:

  • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
    • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
    • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at a drive-thru, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

Coronavirus in Ohio resources:

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