U.S. Travel Association strongly encourages mask wearing

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U.S. Travel Association strongly encourages mask wearing
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The U.S. Travel Association called on Americans to wear face coverings and engage in healthy travel practices ahead of the summer’s first long weekend.

“While Americans move about certain regions of the country, we are keenly aware of the increase in cases as we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, traditionally a busy period for travel,” U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said in a statement. “The travel community strongly urges visitors and residents alike to wear masks and adhere to all healthy practices, such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and remaining home if sick -- no matter where you may be traveling in the country.”

Dow pointed to a “wealth of information from medical experts” about the value of mask wearing to prevent the spread of infection. 

“Health and safety are paramount to restarting travel and putting Americans back to work, and our industry’s recovery is contingent on businesses and travelers alike doing their part to ensure a healthy and safe travel experience for all along the journey,” he said. 

Other travel organizations have also urged travelers to wear masks. The U.S. Tour Operators Association, Canadian Association of Tour Operators and European Tourism Association developed joint Covid-19 health and sanitizing guidelines, along with a TourCare seal of approval showing that members are compliant. 

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday urged Americans to wear face masks in additional to other safety protocols such as social distancing. Coronavirus cases have spiked in the U.S., surpassing 2.5 million confirmed cases. 

Members of the Trump administration have routinely not worn masks even in public settings and while in close proximity at media briefings.

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