Top view of an open suitcase with neatly folded clothes and a package of medical masks. Safe travel during epidemics

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to take every reasonable measure to ensure the safety of both your self and employees. From traveling to meet clients as a building service contractor (BSC), or a facility cleaning manager headed to an industry event such as the ISSA North America Show, following some helpful tips can go a long way in minimizing the chance of infection and staying productive on the job — especially at the end of the year when flu season typically peaks and gatherings are elevated in frequency and volume. 

With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidelines earlier this week on holiday interactions and travel to help ensure safety. Key tips include:

  • When feasible, hold activities outdoors as opposed to indoors
  • For indoor gathering settings, encourage ventilation with fresh air filtering in through open doors and windows. Placing a window fan by an open window helps remove potentially harmful air from settings more quickly. 
  • Those who aren't fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in indoor spaces, although in most cases masks outdoors aren't necessary. Wearing one outdoors in areas with high positive rates can never hurt, however. 
  • Set parameters/have discussions before an event occurs regarding infection control expectations to minimize confusion and guarantee that everyone is adequately prepared.
  • Refrain from attending gatherings if the onset of any potential COVID-19 symptoms occur. 
  • When traveling, masks are required on public transportation regardless of vaccination status. 

In related news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved COVID-19 booster shots for selected populations. For more on eligibility and guidance, click here