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What you should know about traveling during COVID-19 part 3.

We’ve rounded up the current guidelines with reliable sources for major cities across the U.S. in this blog series. Whether you’re planning a vacation, or you just want to know what’s going on in our top destinations in the United States, this is a great resource for you to follow along!

The holidays are a fun time but can also be a stressful time.  If you are traveling West this holiday season, to see mountains or dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean here are some tips for you.

 

Boise

Boise, Idaho…potatoes anyone!  Yes, Idaho is known for their delicious potatoes and they are not afraid to show them off.  While New York drops a light up ball for New Years, Boise drops a ginormous potato Idaho Potato Drop.  Boise is currently following the COVID-19 guidelines put in place by the Governor of Idaho and are in Phase 2.  Restaurants and bars are open with limited occupancy and guests must wear masks.  The Phase 2 guidelines also ask all businesses to screen their employees by checking their temperature with a touchless thermometer.  If you ever decide to go to Boise for New Year’s to see the big potato, you should also eat some potatoes while you are there.  Here is where you can find some of the best potato dishes in Boise, Best Potato Dishes in Boise.

Denver

When you are 5,280 miles above sea level you get the nickname Mile High City also known as Denver.  Denver is now at Level Red restrictions.  Restaurants and bars with qualified food service can remain open for take-out only according to the Denver COVID-19 Guidelines.  If you still plan to visit, here’s a roundup for the Best Takeout in Denver.  The city of Denver prioritizes safety and has implemented a  Keep People Safe. initiative that offers guidelines for businesses.  These guidelines include temperature checks for all employees. If you head to Denver for the holidays make sure you visit the Mile High Tree. Ok…so it’s not a mile high, but still an amazing light show.

Honolulu

Mele Kalikimaka from Honolulu!  Do you need snow for the holidays?  Not in Honolulu!  Honolulu is currently in Tier 2. Restaurants are open with 50% occupancy and bars and nightclubs are temporarily closed.  The State of Hawaii has put together a great  with all of the travel details you will need to know if you plan on visiting Hawaii during these times. Be prepared to have your temperature checked when you arrive at the airport and plan your COVID-19 test to avoid quarantine. This Waikiki Christmas guide will give you everything you need to know to make sure you can see Shaka Santa and Mele Tutu! 

 

Las Vegas

Vegas has many nicknames, but one is the City of Lights and if you are heading to Vegas for the holidays their light shows will not disappoint. Check out this roundup for things to do during the Las Vegas Holiday Season.

Blackjack?  Roulette?  Poker?  If you prefer to enjoy the casinos, Las Vegas is the place for you!  Casinos are still open in Vegas at 25% occupancy.  You can also dine indoors with limited capacity so make sure to make a reservation. Here is a list of Best Restaurants Las Vegas in case you need some ideas. If you’re looking for a place to stay that prioritizes safety, you should know that MGM Hotels created a Seven Point Safety Plan to keep employees and guests safe. Temperature checks are number one on the list.

Here’s the link to view the full COVID-19 Guidelines for Vegas. 

Portland

Portland, Oregon, “The City of Roses.”  If you are traveling to Portland be ready for outdoor activities.  Here is a great travel guide that will help you visit Portland: Travel Portland COVID-19 FAQ.  Restaurants can offer dining outside as well as takeout.  Here is a list of great restaurants that offer covered and have heated patios. In order to get back to indoor dining the Oregon Health Authority suggests that businesses and citizens monitor their symptoms including daily temperature checks. If you are looking for a festive outdoor activity in Portland, check out ZooLights.

 

And There You Have It.

Covid-19 has created a new world for all of us.  It is important that we do everything we can to keep each other safe when visiting cities or moving around our own hometowns during the holidays and beyond. Stay tuned for our next roundup of top destinations!

As always,  DigiTHERM is here to assist you and your business by keeping your employers and customers safe- please reach out with any questions or comments!