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Planning a vacation for spring break? Follow these steps to travel safely

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out to more people, families are feeling more comfortable about going on vacation.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 9:48 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - March is known as one of the busier months for airports because of spring break. Last year, the start of COVID-19 canceled a lot of vacations, but this year is a different story.

One of the most important things you should know right off the bat before traveling through an airport right now is you need to be wearing a face mask at all times. If you don't, you could be fined up to $1,500. President Biden implemented a federal mandate for travelers to wear a mask when they're in airports, bus and rail stations as well as on airplanes and any type of public transportation.

With spring break right around the corner, the CDC recommends not traveling at all right now. If you must travel though, it's advised you get a COVID-19 test at least 3 days before you leave for your destination. If you're able to get the vaccine, wait two weeks after your second dose to travel. When it comes to going through security at the airport, travelers are allowed to carry a 12 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer, which is more than the original amount.

Tiana O'Connor with the Rochester International Airport said knowing information about your destination ahead of time is beneficial. "Make sure that you're an informed traveler. Hop on to your airlines website. Make sure you learn about any of their current requirements," she explained. "Study up on any of the restrictions that might be in place for the location that you're headed to."

O'Connor explained historically, March brings in a higher travel volume because of spring break. She said RST is anticipating to slowly see an increase of passengers. "We have been regaining passengers as people have had more confidence in travel with safety measures in place and with the introduction of the vaccines," said O'Connor. "So we have seen an increase in passengers at RST. I would say about 15% in February over the previous month."

The CDC recommends getting tested within 3 to 5 days once you're home and self quarantine for 7 days, even if you test negative. If you're traveling out of the United States for vacation, you must have a negative COVID-19 test before coming back. You'll be asked to show proof, so make sure you keep your results.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 926931

Reported Deaths: 9740
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1809132056
Ramsey749811054
Dakota68505591
Anoka64961589
Washington41119367
Stearns34021287
St. Louis29939416
Scott26281188
Wright26260226
Olmsted22677131
Sherburne19206130
Carver1687671
Clay12219108
Blue Earth1162171
Rice11578139
Crow Wing11318124
Chisago1005281
Kandiyohi9913108
Otter Tail9908130
Benton9174128
Beltrami8249100
Goodhue822699
Douglas7967101
Itasca779999
Mower740049
McLeod723384
Winona715158
Isanti711085
Steele695034
Morrison678681
Becker631675
Polk608987
Freeborn569947
Carlton552577
Mille Lacs539479
Lyon532961
Nicollet528561
Nobles527954
Pine521143
Cass505255
Todd496443
Brown473661
Le Sueur464736
Meeker437960
Martin391344
Waseca381433
Wabasha380110
Dodge366412
Hubbard357649
Roseau320532
Fillmore310115
Wadena306040
Redwood283845
Houston275317
Renville271651
Faribault261835
Sibley256017
Pennington254830
Kanabec254437
Cottonwood232933
Aitkin225052
Chippewa222043
Pope209910
Watonwan201121
Yellow Medicine189925
Koochiching179225
Rock178429
Swift174124
Stevens170211
Jackson162016
Clearwater159421
Marshall154822
Murray152911
Pipestone150929
Lake134124
Lac qui Parle124425
Wilkin122016
Mahnomen108314
Norman10579
Grant102410
Big Stone9585
Lincoln8915
Kittson74623
Red Lake71810
Traverse6086
Unassigned563124
Lake of the Woods5285
Cook3141

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 532160

Reported Deaths: 7379
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk81677809
Linn32838430
Scott27126295
Black Hawk22334382
Woodbury20736263
Johnson20150108
Dubuque18996243
Pottawattamie16215214
Dallas15573115
Story1398059
Warren8637107
Cerro Gordo8141125
Clinton7928115
Webster7419124
Des Moines7153106
Marshall675494
Muscatine6717117
Wapello6546145
Unassigned64520
Jasper630591
Sioux622477
Lee5977106
Marion567697
Buena Vista503449
Plymouth493388
Henry427155
Benton414760
Jones413564
Bremer403873
Boone397042
Washington395464
Carroll373355
Mahaska372366
Crawford355647
Jackson324047
Dickinson317555
Buchanan312743
Delaware303255
Clay297636
Kossuth293477
Fayette290356
Hardin289253
Tama282878
Page276133
Wright270050
Cedar269527
Winneshiek267744
Hamilton262757
Floyd261049
Clayton252360
Poweshiek242043
Harrison240979
Madison237425
Butler237346
Cass235667
Iowa234336
Jefferson228544
Mills225330
Hancock222840
Winnebago222339
Cherokee217347
Appanoose210157
Lyon209842
Allamakee209456
Calhoun199519
Shelby199542
Union197141
Humboldt188231
Franklin188031
Grundy186137
Chickasaw184522
Mitchell184343
Emmet180146
Louisa178653
Sac175626
Guthrie169338
Clarke163629
Montgomery163146
Keokuk152639
Palo Alto152332
Howard150624
Monroe144340
Ida134141
Greene128818
Davis126825
Lucas126127
Monona124940
Worth12309
Pocahontas122125
Adair118239
Osceola105718
Decatur104813
Taylor100914
Fremont98913
Van Buren95922
Wayne86125
Ringgold78429
Audubon77617
Adams5869
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