The worldwide spread of Covid-19 has altered life for nearly every human on the planet, disrupting everyday routines and creating far-reaching fear and mass hysteria in the process. Like many of you, we’ve looked towards the experts to help guide our course of action. That said since we kicked off our summer road trip sweepstakes earlier this month several people have messaged us with their concerns. For the most part, everyone wants to know if we are moving forward with the sweepstakes and if road trip travel is safe. As a business, we feel it’s our responsibility to make sure we do whatever we can to keep people safe and not put lives in danger. Our goal is to address those questions in this post, explain our thought process, and hopefully ease any concerns you might have.
Let’s be clear; we are not infectious disease experts. The information we’ve gathered is from reputable sources like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the WHO (World Health Organization), both of whom have a tremendous amount of valuable information on their respective sites available to the general public.
Okay, without further adieu, here are the main reasons we’ve decided to move forward with the sweepstakes.
- The grand prize is not time-restricted. The winner will able to utilize winnings at their convenience, when they decide, which might be once everything settles back down. Not a problem.
- When it comes to Covid-19, road trip travel is considered much safer than air travel and other forms of mass transportation (trains, buses). Fewer People = Safer. However, RIGHT NOW is not the optimal time to be travelling. Hopefully, in a few months, this will all change, but even if it doesn’t, again there is no time restrictions on the winner to use their prizes.
- Outdoor trips to less populated/remote areas are another way to avoid crowds and practice the “social distancing” technique recommended by the CDC and WHO. However, national parks and popular outdoor spots tend to have a lot of people, so we don’t recommend visiting those for the time being.
Finally, it’s important to note that whatever you decide, adhering to the guidelines of local governments and health officials is of utmost importance. Flattening the curve should not be optional—washing your hands, not gathering in large groups, self-monitoring etc. If you do choose to travel outdoors and drive to more remote areas you should also take into account the availability of medical expertise and infrastructure, should you fall sick. Keep in mind we don’t want to put smaller communities at risk so make smart decisions for your community and others.
In other words, stay alert, be vigilant, and take all necessary precaution. Remember, we’re all in this together, and that’s the only way we’re going to get through any of it. If you have any more questions or concerns on travel within the US, check out the sites listed above for information or your local governing body’s website.
Stay safe and #staytruflask