Traveling with Covid-19


Cassie Norwood

As we know, Covid-19 has been around for close to a year now. Although as much as we all wish it would vanish, it won’t be anytime soon. After being discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019, all hell broke loose. Thinking it was as simple as a week off from work and school, now has turned into months, and possibly years some are saying. It wasn’t until March 2020 of this year that it was finally declared a world pandemic. Once declared a pandemic, basically all economies shut down around the world slowly, but surely.

As traveling started to slow with the concern of catching this deadly virus, it eventually shut down everything for good. All airlines had shut down their services till said otherwise by the CDC, (​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)​. When late May-June rolled around everything had started to get better it seemed. Fewer cases, fewer deaths, but there was still a large danger out there. Masks became mandated in almost every state. A state law created by Massachusetts states that “​Travelers must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative Covid-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts.” If you fail to comply, you can receive up to a $500 fine.

After the phases of reopening started to begin, traveling started again. Masks are now mandated on every plane and airline. After cases sky-rocking back up right away, and panic starting to fuel once again, it finally starts to calm down after a few weeks. Now, if you refuse to wear a mask while flying, you are unable to fly. Some airlines including United Airlines, are now in the process of trying to make it possible to have free Covid-19 tests on select flights. However, if you refuse to comply and you do not want to take a test, you are moved to another flight to get to your destination along with other passengers who refused to be tested.

Travel restrictions state by state is very different from one another, with some states not even making an impact. For example, the well-known state of Florida had not mandated masks when first re-opened. However, as the beaches swarmed every day with citizens from Florida and their surrounding states, the cases started rising back up fast. It was then that Governor Ron Desantis decided it was time for a recommendation of wearing masks outside, and a mandate of wearing them inside public places.

California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, and many more states have also not added any restrictions to travel. While most states have added at least a 14-day quarantine period when first arriving back from a trip, or if you are just visiting the state. Although it is stated by the CDC that traveling does increase your chances of catching the virus by quite a lot, it isn’t stopping people. Some are now even questioning the reality of the virus due to not catching it when at high risk, or not even having symptoms while containing the virus. Currently, in late 2020 the corona-virus is still a huge pandemic. Yet, almost all traveling is back to the so-called “new normal.” Additionally, the economy is slowly opening back up now. However, a new and effective vaccine is supposedly confirmed and being validated now, in November 2020.