“If the pandemic sparked within you a desire to hit the somewhat open roads, you’re not alone. But what are the nation’s top doctors saying? Well, basically, keep out of COVID-19’s way and stay home. But if that’s simply not an option, Golden State officials ask that you remember California’s travel mantra — R-E-S-P-E-C-T — as you enjoy its hotels, wineries, restaurants and other tourist destinations.

Vacationing in COVID times requires much more than an ounce of preparation and hand sanitizer. Gone are the days of taking carefree leaks in rest-stop bathrooms. At the top of every cautious traveler’s packing list are face masks, Costco-sized bins of disinfectant wipes and those awkward no-touch keychains…”

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