Weatherby Healthcare is providing regular travel condition updates to help our locum tenens travelers be better prepared for the rapidly changing travel conditions and requirements of 2020.
Update August 5, 2020
- Delta, Southwest, and JetBlue are still continuing to block middle seats.
- All U.S. airlines have extended “no change fee waivers” for another month.
- Car rental companies are now requiring face masks be worn while on their premises, picking up or dropping off rental vehicles. This includes airport and non-airport locations, regardless of state requirements.
- For non-airport locations, Enterprise will make every effort to have the pick-up/drop-off take place outside in an effort to keep people out of enclosed areas.
- Tropical storm Isaias has caused widespread damage to East Coast states, with massive power outages in in multiple states including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
- It is fire season after another hot drought year for California. Click for fire details
Update July 27, 2020
Quarantines, curfews, and protests
- Most travelers to New York will need to quarantine.
- 34 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico are on the quarantine list (essential workers are exempt).
- Broward County, FL, still has a curfew mandate from 11 p.m. – 5 a.m. daily until August 20.
- Protests continue in Portland, OR, and a few other cities around the country. Authorities say they are contained in isolated areas (near courthouses/federal offices) and do not pose a risk to most residents or visitors.
- Southwest has announced it will extend blocking middle seats through October. Airlines are strictly enforcing mask mandates.
- A potential cyclone this weekend.
Update July 23, 2020
- Mask requirements have been extended. Face coverings must be worn on all flights AND while in the airport. Masks must be worn at check-in, through TSA, in the boarding area, and in the baggage claim area (the entire time a passenger is on airport property).
- The mask mandate is required for all U.S. airports (regardless of the state and whether the state has a mandate).
- Delta, United, and American Airlines have announced they will deny boarding and ban further travel on their airline for non-compliance.
- Face coverings must be worn at all hotels in public areas (at check-in, lobby, dining, and common areas).
Weatherby travel itineraries
- To make it easier for our locums travelers, Weatherby has added a link on your itineraries to the Travel Vendor Health & Safety Guide, which includes the latest updates from all travel vendors. This will allow you to see what each vendor is doing to ensure their safety. For example, if your are traveling on Delta, picking up an Avis rental, then staying at a Marriott, you can see what each of these companies is doing to keep travelers safe. Also included is information about TSA, CDC, and the U.S. Department of State (restrictions on international travel).
Update July 13, 2020
- Delta, American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue have all extended their waiver for change fees. Any ticket booked until July 31 can be changed without penalty if needed.
- Delta, Southwest, and JetBlue will cap the sales of their planes to 50%-65% (depending on the seat configuration) to allow for middle seats to be blocked.
- American and United will not limit the number of seats sold per flight. If a flight is full, they will let any passenger wishing to take another (American or United) flight or change to a different flight (most flights are operating at between 30-60% capacity).
Note: Healthcare workers/essential workers are exempt from most restrictions.
- Travel restrictions issued by states in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020
- State & Territorial Health Department Websites