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How regional COVID-19 travel restrictions may affect Idahoans

Governors of California, Washington and Oregon unveiled new COVID-19 travel restrictions on Friday.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little rolled Idaho back to Stage 2 on Friday while neighboring West Coast states announced stricter guidelines and travel restrictions amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S. 

In Idaho, groups of more than ten people are now prohibited under Stage 2, with some exceptions. 

A mask mandate was not issued and Idaho businesses will remain open under Stage 2. 

Little did not discuss travel restrictions during Friday’s press conference, while neighboring west coast states issued new travel restrictions discouraging travel and requiring a 14-day quarantine when returning from out-of-state to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Oregon also started a two-week freeze, limiting all restaurants to take-out only among other restrictions.

In Idaho, residents are encouraged to be mindful of when and where they are traveling, as well as to take appropriate precautions when traveling, according to the state COVID-19 guidelines.  

If you are entering Idaho from an area with a high infection rate or from another country, a 14-day quarantine is encouraged but is not required, according to Central District Health.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee all issued travel advisories on Friday as COVID-19 cases within those states continue to rise. 

In all three states, non-essential out of state travel will be discouraged. Additionally, a 14-day self-quarantine after returning from out-of-state will be strongly encouraged.

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.  

Additionally, Oregon Gov. Brown announced a two-week freeze statewide beginning Nov. 18. The freeze will limit restaurants to take-out only and recreational facilities, both indoor and outdoor, will be closed.

The order will stay in effect in Oregon until Dec. 2, but some hotspot areas throughout the state may remain in a freeze for longer.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said California Gov. Newsom. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”  

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are

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How Will Lockdown In England Affect Travel In The UK And Abroad?

From 5 November, tougher national lockdown rules will be in place in England in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. These restrictions mean that everyone in England must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions.

Other UK nations also have travel restrictions in place (see below).

The restrictions in England ban overnight stays and most travel, meaning that from 5 November until at least 2 December, holidays will not be allowed, including travelling to stay in a second home.

If you’ve got a holiday booked in the coming month, or are already away, here we look at what the new restrictions mean for you.

What do the new restrictions say about travel?

The new restrictions ban all leisure travel both within the UK and overseas. The guidance says: “Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or stay with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.” 

There are limited exemptions such as travel for work and education.

You can see the restrictions here.

I’ve got a holiday booked in the next month – will it be cancelled, and can I get my money back?

Whether your holiday will be cancelled and what your rights are depends on the type of travel you’ve booked.

Package holidays

If you’ve booked a package holiday abroad, due to depart between 5 November and 2 December, your holiday should be cancelled and, if this happens, you’ll be entitled to a refund.

However, don’t rush to cancel the holiday yourself, wait until your travel company cancels your trip or contacts you with your options or you risk invalidating your cancellation rights.

TUI, as an example, is cancelling all package holidays departing from England and Wales, including those with third party flights, between 5 November and 2 December, inclusive. It says: “Impacted customers will be proactively contacted, in departure date order, and offered the option to amend with a booking incentive, receive an ATOL-protected refund credit note with a booking incentive, or cancel and receive a full cash refund.”

Flights

If you’ve booked flights and accommodation separately, your cancellation rights will depend on the terms and conditions of the company you have booked with as many flights will continue to run.

Ryanair, as an example, says: “Ryanair recently announced it is reducing its winter schedule taking capacity down to 40% compared to the prior year. Following these reductions, our revised UK schedule will operate as normal.”

It is, however, offering customers the option to change flights in November to a later date with no change fee so long as the change is made at least seven days before the departure date of the booking.

If you’ve booked independently, take a look on your airline’s website or contact its customer services team to find out what your options are. Be aware,

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