California Issues COVID Travel Advisory

The California Department of Health issued a travel advisory Friday amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The announcement came after California surpassed one million cases, a terrible milestone.

The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing in many states and countries. Persons arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. In addition, travel itself can be a risk for exposure to COVID-19, particularly travel through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail travel.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

1. Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

2. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California.

“Non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

“Essential travel” includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

The states of Oregon and Washington also issued travel advisories Friday. But voluntary compliance will be difficult to achieve. The actions of lawmakers haven't helped. The Sacramento Bee reports that several California lawmakers bucked travel advisories to fly to Maui this week for an annual conference sponsored by the Independent Voter Project. The story followed revelations that Gov. Gavin Newsom had recently attended a large dinner at The French Laundry. Both instances drew major blowback on social media.


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