We understand that many families are required to travel in order to attend their appointments. Due to that, SoCal Food Allergy has put together these COVID-19 traveling safety and precautions. You can save or print the pdf here.
Airline Safety and Precautions
Face masks are required during the flight for ALL airlines.
Airlines that are practicing social distancing and leaving middle seats empty:
• American Airlines
• Delta Airlines
• United Airlines
• Alaska Airlines (ends Jan. 6)
United Airlines is providing an all-in-one snack pack that includes a wrapped sanitizer wipe, 8.5 oz bottled water, stroopwafel and package of pretzels for Domestic flights 2 hours and 20 minutes or longer.
JetBlue and Southwest are working at 50%-85% capacity. Southwest customers choose their own seat.
All Airlines are using HEPA filters for cleaner air on all aircraft to make sure that the air quality keeps everyone onboard safe.
Suggested precautions to follow while traveling:
• Maintain a distance of 6′ (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick (Do NOT travel if sick).
• Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
• Wear a cloth face mask.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover coughs and sneezes.
• Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
Ridesharing Safety and Precautions
• Wait inside while requesting your ride and waiting for them to arrive.
• When your ride arrives, make sure to confirm the vehicle you are getting into is the ride intended to
take you to your destination.
• Ride in the back seat.
• Wear your mask at all times while in Uber/Lyft. If the driver is not wearing a mask and is unwilling to put one on, cancel your ride and request a new driver. Report the incident to Uber/Lyft so it may be recorded.
• Carry hand sanitizer with you. Sanitize after touching the door handles, seat belts, and anything else you touch while in the vehicle. Wash your hands as soon as possible once completing your ride.
• Crack a window to increase air circulation and ventilation in the vehicle.
• Bring your own sanitizing wipes or ask your driver if they have any available. Wipe down the door handles, seatbelts, and window control buttons before using them.
• Avoid touching your face until the ride is over and you can wash your hands.
• Choose the Uber/Lyft option that allows enough seats for your family, keeping in mind the front seat is unavailable.
For example: if both parents must be present at appointments and there are 2 children, you will need to select a ride with 4 available seats, likely the UberXL option.
Precautions Uber/Lyft are taking:
• Uber and Lyft are suspending the accounts of any driver or rider that tests positive for COVID-19.
• Uber and Lyft have suspended the carpool option, so rides are limited to the driver and one passenger/family.
• Riders are not allowed to use the front seat.
Airbnb Safety and Precautions
• Select an option where contactless check-in is available.
• If contactless check-in is not an option, wear your mask and stay 6′ apart from the host during check-in.
• Wear a mask in all common or shared spaces.
• Consider renting a whole home or apartment to avoid coming into contact with your host or their family members.
• Cancel your reservation and report the incident to Airbnb if you feel safety standards are not being met.
Precautions Airbnb has taken:
• Airbnb has implemented a thorough cleaning process between all stays that include:
• Ventilate the space during cleaning
• Use approved cleaners and disinfectants
• Wear masks and gloves while cleaning
• Sweep, vacuum, dust, and mop before sanitizing
• Wash dishes and laundry at highest heat settings
• Wash hard surfaces with soap and water
• Sanitize all high-touch surfaces (i.e., doorknobs or remote controls)
• Washing hands and changing into fresh gloves before replacing linens and guest supplies to the space
• Do not re-enter spaces or rooms after it has been cleaned and sanitized
• Clean all cleaning equipment (i.e., empty the vacuum) between all turnovers
Hotel Safety and Precautions
• Try to avoid paying using cash and change that may have exchanged many hands, use your debit card
• Maintain 6′ distance from staff and other guests where possible and always wear your mask.
• Food buffets are not recommended because of the risk of close physical contact with others, shared
serving implements and multiple people touching the surfaces on the buffet.
• Try to open windows in your hotel room when possible to increase air circulation and ventilation to the
• Avoid using ceiling fans or other means of recirculating air when occupants in the room are from different households.
• Make sure the hotel you are staying in is following strict cleaning procedures to ensure a safe
• Carry hand sanitizer with you. Sanitize after touching any surfaces, especially those that are “high-touch
surfaces” such as the doorknobs, elevator call and level buttons, hand or guard rails, pay stations/card
• Wash your hands as frequently as possible, especially after returning from any activities or leaving your
COVID-19 Testing and Travel Kits Available
COVID-19 Testing to Avoid Quarantine
• COVID-19 testing (discounted rate of $50) is available for our patients and those who accompany the patient to their visit and results can be turned around within 24 hours.
• Travel letters ensuring traveling to and from our clinic is a medical necessity.
SoCal Food Allergy Travel Kit
Travel packages available for purchase including:
– Kids KN95 Mask
– Kids Surgical Mask
– Adult KN95 Masks (2 pack)
– Face Shields Adult (unisize)
– 1 oz Purell