Once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted, it could be a great idea to go on a holiday and rejuvenate the mind and body. But, travelling, even post the pandemic, will not be the same. The Indian Railways had notified that passenger trains will be operational from May 12, 2020. The Civil Aviation minister stated that flights would be operational soon as well, once the number of Coronavirus cases begin to decline.
But the million dollar question is, how to travel safe? Freedom of movement will be restricted to some extent for some time and you need to pack a little differently too. But as you set off, here are a few precautionary measures to follow.
While finalizing a travel destination, choose offbeat locations. Instead of choosing popular beach destination, check out valleys like Araku, Baspa, Bhakra Nangal or Breng. Some of them offer breathtaking views. Tropical islands like Munroe, Rameshwaram or Majuli would also be safe choices, post lockdown. Lesser crowds means to lower chances of potential infections.
Even after the isolation phase is over, social distancing norms should be followed. Most domestic and international flights have laid down safety guidelines for passengers. To ensure minimum contact, the middle seats will be left empty. Only three rows will be boarded at a time. Lastly, there should be a gap of two meters while checking in and during security check. Try to abide by these rules for your own safety.
While interacting with people, avoid handshakes and hugs. The respiratory virus can spread quickly through physical contact. You can greet them with a wave or a nod. Keep your hands to yourself at all times, whenever possible. Do not touch the handrails or lift buttons, if not absolutely necessary. Teach your children not to hug or kiss others while you are looking away.
To reduce your chances of being affected, adopt a few simple protection measures. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes unnecessarily. While you sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue. Step away from people when you expect a cough. Carry a strong alcohol-based sanitizer and apply at regular intervals. Wherever possible, try to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Lastly, make sure you do not travel in case you have fever, cough or sore throat.
Your physician will be able to guide you on call in case there are no doctors nearby. Make sure the doctor is absolutely reliable. They must also be ready to help you at odd hours, in case you are travelling abroad. Save their number in your emergency contact list for easy access. Also, get yourself tested before beginning the journey.
Even after the isolation period, thermal screenings are likely to continue. Since it is not confirmed whether the virus can relapse, the testings at several entry points will be done strictly. Try not to avoid them and be patient with the officials.
Be kind, support others and stay well informed to keep yourself safe and healthy while travelling, even after the pandemic is under control.