Getting to your Christmas destination safety has new meaning in 2020

GETTING THERE: If you plan to hit the road to see family, ensure your vehicle has been serviced and is fine to make the journey. Photos: Shutterstock

GETTING THERE: If you plan to hit the road to see family, ensure your vehicle has been serviced and is fine to make the journey. Photos: Shutterstock

ALL dressed up and ready to go ... but how to get to to your family and friends, or that Christmas event?

It's the dilemma facing millions of Australians during this pandemic.

Usually, a plane flight or drive will get you there safely and on time.

But this year, 'safe travels' has taken on new meaning as many guests negotiate lockdown, border controls and restricted public transport.

The federal government has devised a three-step framework to help people wanting to travel at Christmas negotiate the extra challenges under COVID-19.

It calls on travellers during the busy Christmas period to respect three basic principles:

  • Maintain 1.5 metre distancing and good hygiene;
  • Stay home if unwell, and
  • Frequently clean and disinfect communal areas.

Before you travel to your Christmas event, find out about the restrictions and conditions for the place to which you are travelling. Do this before booking or leaving your home.

There will be a number of families wanting to travel interstate for Christmas reunions, and for these the domestic aviation industry has developed passenger journey protocols.

These outline guidelines to travellers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in domestic airports and on aircraft.

Each state and territory government provides information about respective border restrictions and biosecurity conditions on their websites, however, some travel restrictions that can apply around Christmas time include:

  • Closed state borders and restricted travel into and out of the state or territory;
  • Restricting travel within each state, and
  • People who have travelled to and from some areas may have to quarantine for 14 days.
STEPS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRAVELLING: Maintain 1.5 metre distancing and good hygiene; stay home if unwell and frequently clean and disinfect communal areas.

STEPS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRAVELLING: Maintain 1.5 metre distancing and good hygiene; stay home if unwell and frequently clean and disinfect communal areas.

In some states and territories, you may have to pay a contribution to the cost of quarantine.

State and territory governments may grant exemptions to travel restrictions for travellers in some special cases. This could be for medical, compassionate or other reasons.

Remember, every gathering must record contact details. For more information, health.gov.au.

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