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    The coronavirus has disrupted life, from a simple trip to the grocery store to planning the family vacation this summer. The Centers for Disease Control is recommending families stay within the U.S. for their travels, or even just stay close to home, according to a statement from the Better Business Bureau.

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    Families planning a vacation should consider these CDC recommendations:

    Never travel if sick or have been exposed to COVID-19; the same goes for anyone within the group.

    Always take a facemask in public places.

    Pack personal food, water, plenty of medicine and hand sanitizer, in case the restaurant, gas station or convenience store can’t serve people due to occupancy limits, or there aren’t available supplies.

    Beaches and parks are fun outdoor places to go; keep a safe six-foot distance from other people.

    When going to a pool, take off the mask only when going into the water.

    If renting a car, RV, or camper, carefully wipe down all surfaces, and continue to wash hands and avoid face touching.

    Before leaving on the trip:

    Check with state regulations for quarantine requirements. Some states are still requiring visitors to isolate for 14 days when visiting the state or coming back from going out of town. 

    Avoid posting on social media about where you are going or when leaving. Save the fun pictures for later.

    If planning to travel by air, carefully review cancellation policies, consider travel insurance, and make sure to clearly understand the restrictions. When booking the tickets, as the departure date gets closer, check to see how full the flight is getting to determine if social distancing will be practiced.

    Sign up for updates for any changes in policies at the destination. Many states are slowly reopening for business but that can change between the time the trip is booked and the time of departure.

    Leave an emergency contact number for a close family member or friend.

    Avoid online scams when booking a trip.

    Be prepared for delays that can occur when planning to travel because of the coronavirus.

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