According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an employer can ask employees to stay home until it is clear they do not have the coronavirus if they have traveled to specific locations marked by the CDC or local health authorities. New Hampshire, for example, encourages employers to ask employees if they have not made significant travel outside of the state and some nearby states. Employees who must be quarantined at home for two weeks before returning to work. You can shorten this period if you are asymptomatic on day seven and take a test that comes back negative.
Ask your employer if quarantine falls under paid sick leave after the trip. You may be eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an emergency measure passed by the federal government in March. However, the law only covers two weeks of paid sick leave for eligible employees and may be of greater use in the event that you do contract the virus. Thirteen states and Washington, DC have laws that provide paid sick leave for eligible employees. However, you should check that the quarantine qualifies for paid vacation under these specific laws.
If you need to get back to work immediately after your trip and cannot telework, you can cancel your plans. If your children went to school in person, see if they can be back in the classroom while traveling.
Safe things …
If you need to be quarantined for two weeks after your trip, stock up on groceries, hygiene products, and other essentials before you travel (and note that some retailers are restricting items that were hard to come by in the early days of the pandemic ). such as toilet paper and paper towels). It never hurts to have lots of shelf brackets in your kitchen. If you can secure a pre-delivery time, set up deliveries with online services like Instacart, Shipt, or AmazonFresh so groceries can be delivered when you return from local stores. Or use grocery delivery apps like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats, which are available in hundreds of cities.
… and entertainment.
Think about how you can relax and fight cabin fever. Many classic vacation films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Elf,” can be streamed online.
While the internet is no shortage of shows, movies, TikTok videos, and the like, you may want analog distractions to get a break from the screens. Order a few books online to see them on your doorstep when you return. Buy puzzles to solve with all your family. Kids are welcome to create vacation-themed craft projects – order kits in advance. And board games like Risk and Dungeons & Dragons can keep you busy for hours.
During the pandemic, Kristin Addis, the executive director of Be My Travel Muse, a company that helps women travel alone, quarantined a number of times in Nevada after visiting French Polynesia, Mexico and Aruba. She spent the time doing yoga and pilates and video chatting with friends and family. “I do the things I did during the lockdown to stay healthy,” she said.