On Your Side: Holiday travel tips when you need to ‘go,’ on the go – WATE 6 On Your Side

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Holiday travel will look different this year. On planes, customers are required to wear masks and on road trips, stops along the way will likely require the same.

Wash your hands. Sanitize often. Keep 6-feet of social distance. Don’t crowd an indoor space. These phrases, more common in November 2020 than years before.

One of the impacts: public restrooms.

A Harvard Medical School article describes the pandemic impact on public restroom use as, ” COVID-19 has done nothing to make public bathrooms more appealing, as they come with high-touch surfaces and often lidless toilets.”

While the Knox County Health Department doesn’t have specific guidelines for public restroom use, the guidelines that apply to indoor public spaces answer the same questions.

The age-old saying applies to pandemic travel because health experts say the less time spent in public spaces, especially indoors, the better.

Wear a mask. This keeps germs and bacteria that may be floating in the air near the toilet from