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Travel tips for SA seniors in Covid times

Posted By Marilynh / December 28, 2021 / 0 Comments

SA 60-plussers are taking full advantage of the many local travel deals that are currently on offer.

As we head into the “silly season”, no doubt, SA 60-plussers will be travelling to spend time with their families in other provinces and abroad.

 

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With the pandemic still very much on the SA horizon, how do we travel in a way that is safe, especially when there is talk of a “fourth wave”, “long Covid”, booster shots and “reinfections”.  The best advice we can give is to follow the rules and be sensible

 

Social distancing

 

  • Rule of thumb – keep some distance between you and others.
  • Avoid crowds wherever possible.
  • Avoid kissing and hugging when getting together with family or friends. Adopt the elbow greet and blow kisses to loved ones.

 

Wear a mask

 

  • If you are out in public, at the shops, on public transport, ensure you are wearing a mask.

 

Activities with friends and family

 

  • Try to keep your activities to outdoor activities as opposed to indoor activities
  • Stay away from indoor venues that have poor ventilation. If you can’t avoid an indoor venue, ensure all the doors and windows are open in order to allow fresh air to circulate.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay away from the activity.
  • Don’t let your guard down. Superspreader events are often linked to family or friend get-togethers.  Rather be safe than take the chance of being infected with Covid.

 

Sanitise and wash hands

 

  • Take advantage of the sanitisers at the entrance of all shops, restaurants, venues. When you get home, immediately wash your hands with soap and then use a little handcream – sanitiser tends to dry your hands out.  Regularly wash your hands with soap.  Rather play it cautious more often than take a risk.
  • Always carry hand sanitiser with you

 

Road trips

 

  • Travelling together in a “pod” is a very safe way to travel, but remember that the “pod”, like many things in life, is only as safe as its weakest link. So have a pact with your pod travellers that you will all adhere to the “rules”, understand what is expected and understand the risk of a lapse of following the rules. 
  • A good rule of thumb if you are on a road trip is to always wipe down the surfaces near your seat before you sit down.
  • A road trip is not a road trip without the obligatory breakfast and lunch breaks. Try to keep the bathroom and meal stops as brief as possible, and if at all possible, try and have an open-air lunch or breakfast. 

 

Air travel

 

Air travel is pretty safe, and all airports and aeroplanes have adopted rather stringent safety measures.  Adopt the rules above when queuing up in the terminal.  Do not dilly dally where there is a large number of passengers. 

 

Hotels, guest houses, B&Bs

 

The hospitality industry has adopted stringent protocols since the pandemic started.  There is no need to give your room a deep clean on arrival.  However, you might like to:

  • Open all your windows and doors to allow good ventilation
  • Give high touch areas a quick wipe down, like door handles and TV remotes

Follow the above rules and this should keep you and you travel companions relatively safe.  

 

References:
https://www.gov.za/covid-19/individuals-and-households/travel-coronavirus-covid-19

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