Guidance for Spring Break Travel

Spring break is approaching, and while Jefferson County is making progress in curbing the spread of COVID-19, JCPH reminds residents that travel is not recommended because it still increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you choose to travel in or outside of Colorado, please remember to take precautions before, during and after your trip.

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Before you go:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel — it takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination.
  • Review travel restrictions, guidance and resources for your destination before you go.
  • Be extra cautious leading up to your trip. Avoid contact with people outside your immediate household, and avoid other high-risk activities such as:
    • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, party or mass event.
    • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers or movie theaters.
    • Participating in group sports.
    • Taking public transportation like planes, trains, or buses, or being in transportation hubs like airports.
  • Consider what you would do if you become ill while you’re away. If you become ill with COVID-19 while traveling, you will be required to complete isolation at your travel destination. Similarly, if you are exposed to COVID-19 while traveling, you will be required to complete quarantine at your travel destination. Isolation and quarantine at travel destinations will be at your own expense.
  • Keep your travel partners limited to those you already live with.
  • Pack extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

During your trip:

  • Wear a mask that fits snugly. If you wear a double mask, use a cloth mask with multiple layers or a disposable mask under a cloth mask.
    • Masks are required in Colorado, as well as on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the U.S. and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If you don’t have access to soap water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol until you can wash your hands.
  • Always keep your distance from others who don’t live with you. Stay at least 6 ft. away from others.
  • Avoid large crowds at all times.
  • When indoors, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors or by placing central air and heating on continuous circulation if you can.
  • Weigh the risk of activities at your destination and remember that outdoor activities are preferable to indoor activities.
  • Remember that alcohol and/or drug use can reduce your vigilance and increase risky behavior.

When you return:

  • Residents (or visitors) returning to Colorado should get tested again with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip. Find free testing sites in and around Jeffco at www.jeffco.us/testing.
  • Be aware that all air passengers coming to the U.S., including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the U.S. Read more

Visit covid19.colorado.gov/travel or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html for more tips on protecting yourself and others while traveling.