PSA: Contingency Planning Group releases updated travel guidelines for Thanksgiving holiday

The Contingency Planning Group shared Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Robert R. Neall’s state-wide travel advisory directly in a Nov. 11 email.

According to the CPG’s website, Marylanders are advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate of over 10% or with an average case rate above 20 per 100,000 people. Anyone traveling to Maryland from a state which meets those standards should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine while awaiting results.

The public health advisory includes both personal and business-related travel. 

The Maryland Department of Health also issued an advisory strongly discouraging groups of 25 people or more.

If students who are living on campus or in Chestertown desire to return home for the holidays, and that home is out of state, they should arrange for COVID-19 testing upon arrival back in Chestertown. 

WC’s Health Services is currently scheduling appointments for COVID-19 testing for Nov. 30, which will occur between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Students have until Nov. 19 to schedule a testing appointment.

For students who decide to return home, the College suggests that those individuals stay home for the remaining weeks of the semester in order to lower the chance of spread. 

When traveling, the CPG advises students to decrease the number of stops and connecting flights or rides, and to continue following basic safety regulations such as wearing a mask and social distancing.

For students who will return to Chestertown after Thanksgiving, they are recommended to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results prior to using any campus facilities.

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