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Vacation or Staycation?

With COVID-19 in the air, it’s wise to consider staying here

LEWISTOWN — Although some areas are opening back up for summer fun, it can be a challenge for those in a high risk category to decide whether travel is worth it this summer.

COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are things you should ask when making the decision to travel or stay home:

¯ Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.

¯ Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.

¯ Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.

¯ Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

¯ Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.

¯ Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.

¯ If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school? People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious.

Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

For those who have decided to not venture far from home a staycation can be relaxing and fun too. Although the Juniata River and small lakes in the region may not be the ocean they can certainly provide a place for cooling off and water-related activities.

“If you’ve decided to stay home this summer instead of traveling, stop in the visitors bureau in the old courthouse. We have a lot of ideas for day trips and new destinations to discover right here in the Juniata River Valley,” said Jenny Landis, executive director of the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau.

The area’s award-winning restaurants, wineries and distilleries continue to bring people from all over to experience the unique flavors of the Juniata Valley.

As with most areas, there can be hidden gems of opportunities for fun right in “our own backyards.” It can be easy for the area in which a person lives to becomes so familiar they forget to explore what’s nearby and seek out the unique and interesting things tourists come here to do and see.

For those interested in staycationing in the Juniata River Valley, the local visitors bureau offers many resources and tips.

A staff member will be happy to assist you and even offer suggestions. For a comprehensive list of tour ideas and unique places to visit the visitors bureau website is a great resource. The list can be found at www.jrvvisitors.com under “Things to Do.”

Here you will find ideas for day trips, those unique places to eat and drink and have fun without the risk or inconvenience of travel for those concerned about venturing too far from home during these uncertain times.

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