With March break just around the corner, Ottawa Public Health has some new advice for all locals travelling. As cases of novel coronavirus continue to be diagnosed worldwide, travel advice for Canadians includes washing hands regularly and keeping a distance from anybody who appears sick. If you’ve got a trip planned this month, it’s time to make some notes!

As COVID-19 continues to cause concern globally, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has released a new notice, giving travel advice to those heading abroad during March break.

While many countries worldwide continue to be affected by the virus, for the most part, it is not necessary to consider cancelling your vacation.

Instead, the agency has shared a few basic tips to help Canadians stay safe when leaving the country.

In a new release, OPH explained, “As you’re likely aware, there have been recent outbreaks around the world of a new coronavirus called COVID-19. This has prompted the federal government to issue certain guidelines regarding international travel.”

“It's important to note that the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly and outbreaks are being reported throughout the world.”

Washing your hands regularly is key, OPH suggests, with soap and water where possible. Hand sanitizer is also recommended, as is using tissues to cough, sneeze and wipe your nose and mouth.

Additionally, it’s recommended that you keep your distance from “anyone who appears to be sick,” and anybody who shows common COVID-19 symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.

Avoid touching your mouth, face and anything you’re about to eat, especially if your hands aren’t clean.

Alongside the germ-spreading prevention advice, OPH has shared their usual tips for travelling outside of Canada.

Suggestions include avoiding contact with wild animals, ensuring all food and drink is safe-to-eat and being extra cautious in the sun and in water.

The report goes on to advise against travel to mainland China, northern Italy, Iran, Japan and Singapore, where outbreaks of the virus have been considerably worse.

Additionally, the Government of Canada has now officially advised against cruise vacations, due to the high number of people contracting COVID-19 on board similar ships.

While there’s plenty to be aware of during this upcoming March break, the advice is pretty basic for international travellers.

Keep your hands clean and follow government advice. That’s it, really!

Enjoy your adventures, Canada!

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