Educational Destinations: Coronavirus StatementMark Harting
Everyone at Educational Destinations has always believed that traveler safety is without fail the most important aspect of our procedures and process. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and are working with individuals and groups to make the best decision for the travelers on our tours.
The situation surrounding the Coronavirus, officially titled COVID-19, continues to develop rapidly. Although there are no travel advisories or restrictions currently in the United States, we understand that organizations, schools, and municipalities may make those decisions separately. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly update their statistics as more is learned about the disease.
The CDC is now reporting 38 states with active cases. As more testing occurs, that number will increase however no US city or area currently has a community transmission risk assessment.
The CDC continues to encourage the following ways to keep your family safe:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
We are in constant contact with our travel partners across the US. Presently, all are operating without interruption. All are carefully monitoring the situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance. They continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations and the input of medical teams. For example, Disney locations have added additional hand sanitizers throughout the park, increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high Guest-contact areas and are providing information about good hygiene practices and illness prevention to their Guests and Cast Members.
At this time, our tours will proceed as planned unless local or national health organizations prevent us from doing so. Educational Destinations continues to follow guidance from the CDC, state and local departments of health, and school districts to ensure a safe environment for our travelers.
The Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) is hosting a free webinar to share facts and guidance on student travel during this period. The webinar is Thursday, March 12, at 4:00 pm EDT. We encourage you to register and attend the event.