Staying Safe During Relaxing COVID Restrictions

As spring begins and COVID restrictions start to relax, you may have questions about how to continue to stay safe from COVID. Regardless of what your state or municipality rules are regarding COVID, you still have the option to make choices that make you feel safe.

The CDC still recommends getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding large crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. And, there are also basic common-sense practices such as washing your hands often, disinfecting your high touch areas and not going out if you feel sick or if you tested positive for COVID.


Wearing a mask is still required for all passengers on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation in the U.S. and U.S. transportation hubs. Masks are not required for travelers in outdoor areas such as open deck ferries, or open-top double-decker buses. If you are traveling, you should evaluate the COVID situation at your destination, be up-to-date on your vaccinations and follow all local rules. If you are not up-to-date on your vaccine, the CDC recommends that you get tested with a viral test no more than three days before you travel. Do not travel if you are feeling sick, or have tested positive for COVID.


The best type of masks to wear during COVID are KN95, KF94 and N95. They have the tightest fit and best filtration. Make sure that the mask covers both your nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of your face. Contracting COVID outdoors is unlikely and masks are not needed in most outdoor settings. For more information on mask recommendations and fit, visit


We have learned a lot about COVID over the past two years and recommendations for testing and isolation requirements have changed many times. The CDC is currently recommending testing based on the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • At least 5 days after known or suspected close contact to COVID-19.
  • Screenings for schools, workplaces, congregate settings, etc.
  • Before and after travel.
  • When asked by a healthcare professional or public health official.

Quarantine times:

  • If you test positive:
    • Isolate for at least 5 days.
    • Seek follow-up testing as recommended by healthcare professionals.
    • Monitor your symptoms.
  • If you test negative:
    • If you are up-to-date on your vaccine, you can resume normal activities. Wear a mask indoors in high-risk areas.
  • If you are not up-to-date on your vaccine
    • And have symptoms or exposure: quarantine for at least 5 days.
    • And have no symptoms or exposure: return to normal activities.

You are the only one who can make the best-informed decisions for yourself and your health situation. For further COVID guidance, visit