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Traveling to a different state? Use this site to check COVID-19 policies

The Delta variant is taking the top spot of COVID-19 strains, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its policies. The CDC recommends you wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an “area of substantial or high transmission.” You should also wear a mask if you or someone in your home is particularly vulnerable.

It’s not easy to keep up with the changes, but this can help. The CDC also put up an interactive map that tracks the spread of the Delta variant. Tap or click here for more information and tips on using this helpful tool.

It can be difficult to know what to expect if you’re traveling to another city or state. Thankfully, there is a way to track COVID policy activity and more to make sure you are up to date and safe.

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MultiState tracks everything from cannabis legislation to state election results. The site has added COVID-19 resources that can help to keep you informed when it comes to masks, travel and more. You can find these resources at multistate.us/issues. We’ve highlighted some key elements of the site below.

State/local activity dashboard

The COVID-19 Policy Dashboard lets you switch between state and local levels to see how each jurisdiction handles the pandemic. You can get information such as the health department website and key contact information and social media links. Check out reopening plans, travel restrictions, school closures, mass gathering restrictions and more.

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Mask requirements

The COVID-19 Mask Mandates by State page contains a map showing the state’s mask mandates for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. You can also see which states require masks for people only in areas with high transmission rates. The map is updated daily.

Emergency declarations

MultiState’s COVID-19 Statewide Emergency Declarations page has a map that shows which states have a state of emergency declared. Where this is in effect, you can see if the governor or legislation renewed it. Also, check out where the SOE is indefinite and where it has ended.

Travel restrictions

Want to visit friends or family in other states? Check out the COVID-19 State Travel Restrictions page to see if you’ll face quarantine periods, vaccination exemptions and more upon your arrival there as well as your return. The map is updated daily.

Understandably, you want to get back out there, but do it the right way. Reports show that fake vaccine certificates are being sold on the Dark Web. Aside from the risk of dealing with a market that caters to criminals, you also can face prison sentences and fines for using these fraudulent documents. Tap or click here for the full story.

More policy tracking

MultiState has additional resources to track state re-openings, vaccine plans, stay-at-home orders and more. Tap or click here for more information.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, advice, or health objectives.

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