If you’re looking to take a summer vacation to New Orleans this year even with the pandemic continuing, here’s a rundown of how to plan a safe summer vacation.
Be sure to check the travel restrictions and quarantine rules for your home state, plus here in Louisiana. ( http://ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/ ) Some states are requiring self-quarantine for anyone coming from a hotspot state and that could really mess up your plans.
Check each airline’s policies beforehand to see if there’s one you’re more comfortable with. The biggest airlines that fly into New Orleans are Southwest, Delta, United, Jetblue, American, and Spirit. Try to book seats without other people nearby. And some experts say window seats are safer than middle and aisle seats.
Then, once you’re onboard, clean your seat, armrest, and tray table with a disinfectant wipe . . . wear your mask the entire flight . . . and don’t wait in line for the restroom.
Driving might be safer than flying, but it still has some risk. At the very least, you should pack hand sanitizer, masks, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels. Bringing your own food would be good too. And obviously touch as little as possible at rest stops . . . which was a good rule of thumb even before coronavirus.
If amenities are important to you, check to see which ones are open before booking, since many common area facilities are closed right now. And don’t assume your space is completely clean when you check-in. You should still wipe down hard surfaces, especially things like door handles, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, nightstands, and the fridge if there is one.
Ask them about their activities in the weeks leading up to your visit. If they’re gathering in large groups or doing other high-risk things, you might want to choose something else.
Restaurants, bars, shopping, and most activities are open in the French Quarter. Many places have a limited capacity and the hours are limited. Make reservations or at least call ahead before you go. Be sure to have your mask with you at all times.
When you plan a safe summer vacation be sure to include the Pirates! The Pirates of the Quarter tours are available daily at 10 am and 4:30 pm. Our groups can have a maximum of 7 people. Guests and the Pirate guide must wear a mask and social distance. The good news is you’re guaranteed a smaller group! Our tour is still the same 5-Star rated, historically accurate, and fun tour it’s always been. Check availability here. (Book Now)
You can still plan a safe summer vacation. New Orleans and the French Quarter is a walking city and many of the attractions are outside. Right now is the time to safely plan that summer vacation in New Orleans.